Judge hearing arguments on ex-Illinois Governor Ryan - KMOV.com

Judge hearing arguments on ex-Illinois Governor Ryan

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge in Chicago says she'll rule soon on a motion by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to throw out some of his corruption convictions based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision curtailing the use of an anti-fraud law.  

Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer heard two hours of mostly dry, legalistic arguments on the issue Monday.  

But one of Ryan's attorneys, Andrea Lyon, also made an impassioned appeal to Pallmeyer to release Ryan from prison pending a final ruling on grounds Ryan's 76-year-old wife is terminally ill.  

Lyon pointed across the courtroom at Lura Lynn Ryan sitting on a courtroom bench and using an oxygen canister to help her breathe. Lyon says she may only have just months to live.  

Ryan's served about three years of his 6 1/2-year term.  

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