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Ryan's Legal Team Asks for Trial Delay

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Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan (state of Illinois photo)

By AP/KWMU

Chicago, Ill. – Lawyers for former Illinois Governor George Ryan want his March racketeering trail delayed so Ryan's top attorney can work the case.

Dan Webb is right now defending Philip Morris in a lawsuit whose trial could take until the summer. So, Ryan's attorney's say the governor's trial shouldn't start before September 26th.

Ryan has pleaded innocent to charges that he gave a lobbyist free rein to direct lucrative state contracts and leases to his clients while he was secretary of state. The charges he face include racketeering conspiracy, tax fraud, mail fraud and making false statements.

Prosecutors say they're opposed to postponing the corruption trial.

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