Saturday, October 27, 2007
Former Governor George Ryan (Illinois) lost his request for a rehearing en banc (here) in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. But there was a strong three person dissent to the decision. The dissent by Judges Posner, Kanne and Williams includes the following language: "But harmlessness is not the test of reversible error when a cascade of errors turns a trial into a travesty." Whether this dissent will sway the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case on a Petition for Certiorari, remains to be seen.