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Death Penalty Defense Lawyer Andrea Lyon '76 Representing Former IL Gov. George Ryan

Tuesday, May 1, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Andrea Lyon '76, Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases and the Death Penalty Legal Clinic at DePaul College of Law, is working as a defense attorney for former Illinois Governor George Ryan, who was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for federal corruption charges after leaving office.

From CBS Chicago: Last year, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Ryan’s appeal, in which his attorneys argued that because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the honest services law, his most serious conviction should be thrown out. Ryan’s first appeal, filed shortly after his conviction in 2006, focused instead on misconduct among the jurors in his trial.

Andrea Lyon

Ryan defense attorney Andrea Lyon says the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected Ryan’s request for a new trial on a technicality, rather than looking at the important issue. Lyon says the Supreme Court ruling that Ryan will get another chance to appeal his case to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is good news.

"It means that we’ll actually get to talk about what happened at this trial, and hopefully the Court of Appeals will understand that George Ryan was convicted on something that is not legally cognizable anymore, and will vacate that conviction,” Lyon said. "That will not touch the tax or false statements conviction, but he’s served his time on those, and he would be paroled right away if these convictions were vacated.” Lyon says she believes Ryan would have a good chance at winning a new trial.

Read the full article in CBS Chicago, "Ryan Wins Another Chance to Petition For New Trial"

Andrea Lyon, '76, is Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases and the Death Penalty Legal Clinic at DePaul College of Law, a nationally recognized expert on death-penalty defense, and author of Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer - a harrowing memoir of the first woman in the United States to head a death penalty defense team. Read more about Andrea Lyon on her website.

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