Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Uh Oh

If I'm Dan Webb, or more importantly, George Ryan, I am not sleeping well after seeing this story from Channel 2 News:
The family of an ousted juror is rallying to her defense, saying she is a good mother who wanted to stay on the jury.

As CBS 2’s Joanie Lum reports, Evelyn Ezell’s son says his mom feels the odds are stacked against former Gov. George Ryan.

Dismissed juror Evelyn Ezell was not available at her South Side home, but off-camera, her 23-year-old son did talk about his mother’s experience.Marvin Brown says his mother “feels sorry for George Ryan. Now that she’s gone, no one’s on his side.” (emphasis added)
Not only does this send an ominous message to the defense, it also rachets up the prospects of an appeal based on the handling of the jury issue. And that in and of itself poses all kinds of interesting issues.

There is apparently a lot of discord among partners at Winston & Strawn regarding the millions in free legal work being provided for Ryan. The thought of spending millions more on an appeal is going to be a tough sell to the partners.


At March 29, 2006 at 11:07 PM, Blogger Amy Allen said...

In the unlikely event that Judge Pallmeyer declares a mistrial(or there is a hung jury), maybe W & S would drop the case. After all, losing it would hurt Webb's reputation, and, Rep. Fritchey notes, it must be getting very expensive.

At March 30, 2006 at 8:22 AM, Anonymous southernilrepub said...

Repubs need a conviction on Ryan, so that way we can begin to get some closure on the Ryan saga. It angered me to see Oberweis pick up the theme of "culture of corruption!" Hs is not free from this, after taking several 100,000k from the FTN, which owes what 51,000 is unpaid elections fines.

At March 30, 2006 at 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, FTN bargained their fines down to something like sixteen thousand and paid them last month, so it's not correct to say that the fines are unpaid.

At March 30, 2006 at 3:43 PM, Blogger Randall Sherman said...

Please correct me if I am wrong, but did anyone put a gun to the head of any of the Winston & Strawn partners to be part of a politically connected law firm headed by former Governor Jim Thompson? Did they really expect this trial to be defended at a bargain basement rate?

At March 30, 2006 at 4:22 PM, Anonymous southernilrepub said...

I stand corrected! At least they finally paid them.


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