A federal appeals court has ruled in the case of former Illinois Governor George Ryan. It refused a request that all the court's judges rehear his appeal seeking an early release from prison.
A three-sentence statement from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the request is denied. The statement did not include an explanation.
In August, three appellate judges rejected arguments that Ryan's corruption convictions 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 Ryan is nearing the end of his six-and-a-half year sentence. Despite the legal setback, his attorneys say he qualifies for a work-release program. That will allow him to leave prison in February, ahead of his scheduled release next summer.