Ryan lawyers request new trial on mail fraud convictions

June 22, 2012 3:14:25 PM PDT
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is asking a federal appeals court to order a new trial on his mail fraud convictions.

Friday, his lawyers asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to make the move.

The court had denied an earlier appeal but the US Supreme Court sent the issue back, due in part to an unrelated case.

Ryan's lawyers argue that he deserved a new trial because the verdict was based on flawed jury instructions and incorrect decisions made by the judge in his trial.