Former University of Chicago law professor Al Alschuler has just published an explosive article about Judge Frank Easterbrook. Posted on the website of the Valparaiso Law Review, the article is titled "How Frank Easterbrook Kept George Ryan in Prison." Cribbing from the press release:
In an issue of the Valparaiso Law Review published today, Albert Alschuler, an appellate lawyer for former Illinois Governor George Ryan, describes how Judge Frank Easterbrook made six rulings in favor of the prosecution, which the prosecution never sought.
“All of these rulings were questionable or worse, and the court afforded Ryan no opportunity to address most of them until after Judge Easterbrook’s opinions had been published,” Alschuler writes in an article titled: “How Frank Easterbrook kept George Ryan in Prison.”
Alschuler is a retired University of Chicago Law School professor who argued Governor Ryan’s case twice before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Alschuler also dissects eight “falsehoods” offered by Easterbrook in written opinions and statements from the bench.
“These falsehoods included statements that the trial gave instructions it did not give, that both the defendant and the government made arguments they did not make, that litigants in the Supreme Court made arguments they did not make, that the defendant and government waived or forfeited arguments they did not waive or forfeit, that the Supreme Court said things it did not say, and that several of the defendant’s sentences had expired when they had not expired,” the article states.