The “Alschuler slap” — When a counsel rebukes a judge: Alschuler v. Easterbrook


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How Frank Easterbrook Kept George Ryan in Prison

Albert W. Alschuler

University of Chicago Law School

July 25, 2016

50 Valparaiso University Law Review 7 (2016)
U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 589

This lawyer’s memoir tells the story of my unsuccessful representation of former Illinois Governor George Ryan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. It describes how, in opinions authored by Judge Frank Easterbrook, the court made six rulings in favor of the government the government had not 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. In addition, the memoir documents eight falsehoods told by Judge Easterbrook in written opinions and statements from the bench. These falsehoods included statements that the trial court 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 the 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. I note that Judge Easterbrook’s appearance on the panel that heard Ryan’s appeal was not the result of random assignment and show that the government played no part in producing his falsehoods.

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Date posted: July 25, 2016

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