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Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Bad news for former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell today: a federal appeals court upheld her nearly 20-year prison sentence.

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision today could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler said the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal. The high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.