• Breaking Legal News updated  2011/01/10 09:16
A federal appeals court in Chicago has denied imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's request to be freed on bail so he can spend more time with his terminally ill wife.
The court on Monday rejected the emergency motion filed by Ryan's attorneys last week after Lura Lynn Ryan was taken to intensive care suffering complications from chemotherapy.
Prison authorities did escort the 76-year-old to see his wife for two hours the same day she was admitted to the hospital. Prosecutors cited that clandestine visit as one reason judges shouldn't grant Ryan's release.
Former Gov. James Thompson, a Ryan attorney, says the defense now will ask Democratic President Barack Obama to commute Ryan's sentence from 6 1/2 years to the three years the Republican's already served for his 2006 corruption conviction.