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October 7, 2008

Cooperation prompts prosecutors to seek delay in Rezko sentencing

As detailed in this Chicago Tribune article, a high-profile sentencing may be put on the back-burner because the defendant is working with prosecutors.  Here are the specifics:

In the first official sign that Antoin "Tony" Rezko and his lawyers are talking with federal prosecutors about his cooperation in corruption probes, the judge in his federal fraud case has been asked to delay his sentencing this month.

In a motion filed late Monday by prosecutors, the two sides ask that the Oct. 28 sentencing date for the former fundraiser and adviser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich be delayed indefinitely.  "The parties agree that the [sentencing date], as well as dates related to sentencing filings, should be stricken while the parties engage in discussions that could affect their sentencing postures," says the motion written by Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar.  The motion seeks a hearing to discuss the status of the case in December. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve, who presided over Rezko's trial this year, was expected to hear the motion Wednesday.

A delay also would push Rezko's sentencing beyond the Nov. 4 presidential election, eliminating a possible focus on Rezko just days before the vote.  Democratic nominee Barack Obama's fundraising and personal ties to Rezko have been an issue in the campaign.

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Ah, nice to see the prosecutor looking ahead to who the new boss will be. Gotta climb the government ladder.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Oct 7, 2008 7:51:13 PM

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