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updated: 9/26/2012 7:59 AM

Appeals court denies rehearing on Ryan appeal

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    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer, 2000

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A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused a request by imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan that all the court's judges rehear his appeal seeking an earlier release from prison.

A three-sentence statement Monday from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the request is denied. It offers no explanation.

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Three appellate judges in August rejected arguments that Ryan's 2006 convictions for corruption should be tossed because prosecutors never proved he took a bribe. The court currently has 10 active judges with one vacancy.

The 78-year-old Republican is nearing the end of his 6-year sentence. His release was scheduled for July 2013, but Ryan's attorneys say he qualifies for a work-release program that will allow him to leave the Terre Haute, Ind., prison in February.

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