A judge on Thursday denied William Beavers request to remain free on bond while his case is appealed.
Judge James Zagel ruled that Beavers had not shown a likelihood that he would prevail on his appeal and said that, despite the fact that Beavers may serve his 6 month sentence before his appeal is heard, that, in itself, does not justify his release.
Attorneys for former County Commissioner William Beavers filed a motion in federal court asking that Beavers be permitted to stay out of jail on bond while his appeal is heard.
"There can be no question that William Beavers is not a flight risk and he poses absolutely no danger to anyone," the attorneys wrote. "William Beavers has lived an upstanding life of public service, including as a Chicago Police Officer, an Alderman and Cook County Commissioner.
"Beavers is a public figure and he has incredibly tight knit and substantial connections to the area. Beavers poses no risk of flight if released on bond pending the resolution of his appeal. During the proceedings before this Court, Mr. Beavers was on bond. He appeared at every court date when his presence was required and has never been in violation of any Court order or term of release," the attorneys explained.
Beavers is scheduled to surrender Dec. 2 to begin serving his sentence. He was sentenced in September for tax evasion.