03/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal From Daley Aide Sorich In Patronage Case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's former patronage chief and two other former city officials have failed to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to consider setting aside their fraud convictions.

The justices, in an order Monday, are letting stand Robert Sorich's conviction and 46-month prison term. Sorich and the others were found guilty of skirting laws that ban political city hiring.

The federal appeals court in Chicago earlier upheld the convictions. The court rejected defense arguments that the men couldn't be convicted of criminal fraud because they didn't take bribes or kickbacks.

Justice Antonin Scalia says he voted to accept the appeal and decide the case.

The case is Sorich v. U.S., 08-410.