U.S. SUPREME COURT’S DENIAL OF CERT IN RYAN AND WARNER CASE
CHICAGO – Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, today made the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order denying a writ of certiorari in Warner and Ryan v. United States, 07-977:
“We are gratified that the Supreme Court has let stand an important jury verdict that vindicated the citizens’ right to the honest services of government officials in Illinois. Mr. Ryan has exhausted every legal avenue and argument afforded him but the verdict stands that he was guilty of corrupting the highest office in the state.”
Ryan spokesman and former Governor Jim Thompson later said he will ask President George W. Bush to commute Ryan’s sentence.