Obama friend Rezko to be sentenced one week before election

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By Natasha Korecki
Federal Courts Reporter/nkorecki@suntimes.com

A federal judge postponed the sentencing of political fund-raiser Antoin "Tony"Rezko, by nearly two months, after his lawyers said they need more time to put together a complex package for what could be a contentious hearing.
The sentencing date now stands at Oct. 28 -- one week before U.S. Sen. Barack Obama faces John McCain in the presidential election. Rezko is a onetime friend and former fund-raiser to Obama. It had been scheduled for Sept. 3.
"This motion is not being brought for purposes of delay," Rezko's lawyers wrote in a court motion. "But rather to allow the defense to present its legal arguments in an efficient, complete, and thorough manner."
Rezko, 52, of Wilmette, has been housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center since his June conviction. A jury convicted him of wide-ranging fraud, connected to taking kickbacks from state deals. Rezko was a top adviser and fund-raiser to Gov. Blagojevich and a fund-raiser.
"The current sentencing date is simply not realistic given the number of issues that must be briefed in the parties' sentencing memoranda, the number of witnesses that must be prepared to testify at sentencing, and the number of letters that must be gathered from family and friends," lawyers for Rezko wrote.
Neither the government, nor the defense have publicly disclosed the sentencing range they will argue Rezko should face. But other defendants convicted of similar crimes have been sentenced to numerous years in prison.
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Rezko, Ayers, & wright are the reasons why i do not trust Sen. Obama & will not vote for him.  What wool is he trying to pull on the American people???

Anyone who believes Obama and Rezko were friends just wants to believe it. And watches Fox "News."

For Phil Smith, the problem is you are a leming and need to read other media besides the far-left press, Obama received a $300K pay out from Rezko to buy his house, worked for Rezko's company when he got out of law school to get public funds for Rezko to rehab slum apartments.

Get the facts Phil and get to work, stop asking for free hand outs and contribute to the economy vs. supporting the communistic policies of Obama.

Rezko needs time, time to make a deal to throw Blago under the bus for a short sentence.

He also needs Obama's election. Next January 20, when Obama gets to his new office, his secretary will say- "A Mister Reszko called about his get-out-of-jail-free card."

For anyone still numb enough or naieve enough to doubt that Rezko was a very "close" friend of Obama, please consider the following:
It has been reported on several occasions that when Obama closed on his Hyde Park mansion, he did the final walk through, with Rezko at
his side! You don't do the final check and walk through of your new home with strangers! But it's O.K., because we are from Chicago where the term "clout" originated. We don't expect our elected officials to be honest and most of all, we know that there is and will be no "change", unless that's all we have left when their done with us.

I agree with Shouting Phil, but I am upset with the Biden pick.
Upset? Don’t vote Green yet or they will steal it again!
Vote for Obama or Clinton or WHOMEVER ENDS UP AS THE CANDIDATE AFTER DENVER,
but next time, REMEMBER how the DEMS failed US, and in the meantime WORK HARD LOCALLY for the instant runoff/second choice ballot:
http://www.migreens.org/hvgreens/irv-agen.htm
And KEEP REMINDING WHICHEVER DEM IS OUR CANDIDATE IN THE FALL (AND I COULD REALLY CARE LESS—ALTHO I THINK HILLARY WOULD WIN BETTER)
DO
NOT
GO
FURTHER
TO
RIGHT.
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/dreyfuss/34772...
Tell BARACK OBAMA or if it ends up being Hillary after Denver, TELL HILLARY---
NO UNILATERAL ATTACK ON PAKISTAN---LEAVE AFGHANISTAN ALONE
QUIT GIVING MONEY TO THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY AND THE DEFENSE MEDIA AND
WE WANT SOLAR POWER
WE WANT WIND POWER
(EITHER OF WHICH COULD SUPPLY ALL OF OUR Electric needs for each year.)
Upset? Don't vote GREEN yet or they'll steal it AGAIN
WE WANT HEALTH CARE.
WE WANT THE OIL COMPANIES TAKEN OVER BY GOVERNMENT AFTER ALL THEIR MALFEASANCE AND KILLING OUR TRAINS AND BUILDING THE SUBURBS.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_Electric_Car%3F

If he's not a "friend", then why did he keep contributing to all of BO's campaigns and help him buy his house and the lot next door? Why did he introduce BO to all of his questionable friends, oops, I used that word "friend", again. What in the world would you call him? No one gives you that amount of money unless he's your father, mother, or a questionable "friend." And then there's ayers, who isn't a friend? And there's Farrakhan, he's been awfully quiet, and wright, quiet too now. They're not allowed to speak until after the election. If BO wins, they will open up loudly and if BO loses, (I can only hope), oops, "hope," then they will really get loud and call whitey all kinds of names. Why? Because they're also "friends."

Yes, you have to stop calling Rezko Obama's friend!
After all, what friend would be the FIRST person EVER to contribute to Obama's first campaign for public office when nobody ever heard of him? Only a casual aquainyance would give someone $2,000 to begin his political career in 1995.
Only a casual aquaintence would give money to someone who never held a public office in his life and then continue contributing over $244,000 to his campaigns for the next 12 years.
Gee, I wish I could find some casual aquaintences like that myself.
What friend would have his wife buy an empty lot so that Obama could buy his mansion? Nah, only a casual aquaintance would have his wife buy an empty lot for $600,000 so that his aquaintance could buy the MANSION next door for only $1,450,000 when the owner wanted $1,900,000 for that MANSION.
OH, I'm sorry. That wasn't a shady deal because his wife later sold the property at a profit... of course NOBODY bothers to mention she sold it to an EMPLOYEE of Rezko's Company, do they?
On Wall Street, isn't that called "Insider Trading"?
I call it hiding the bribe myself, but then again I grew up in Chicago and know how crooked politicians get their payments for services rendered.
So I guess you shoud rename your Blog... to "How to Fool ALL of the Sheeple ALL of the Time and Still Appear to be the Messiah"!

whoa, Rezko is moving his hearing date so that when his friend Barack is the candidate, the DNC and Barack will go way above and beyond to stop anything bad from happening. So let's see how this plays out and if the DNC jumps to his aid, of course it would need to be discrete behind the scenes. We need to watch and follow the money trail flowing into the Obama campaign coffers.

Yeah, how can you call Rezko a friend of Obama, I mean, all he did is give the guy over a hundred grand in campaign donations, and help him split a purchase so obama could get his fancy house and Rezko could get the empty lot next door. Those facts don't matter, just close your eyes, plug your ears and bury your head in the sand while muttering "yes we can" over and over. When that doesn't work, blame it on Fox news, or Karl Rove, they're behind it all you know.

He is Obama's friend is the reason that reference keeps appearing in the press. I don't work for or watch Fox News and I know Rezko arranged a sweet deal on a loan for Obama. Sounds like a friend to me.

Yes don't use "friend". Given the sweet home deal, the big campaign $$$ and Obama's law firm helping steer big housing money Resko's way - which seemed somehow to go into Resko's pocket more than housing for the poor - "Longtime buddy" "longtime pal" or the like is more appropriate. Terrorist Billy Ayers is just a friend, as far as we know - not a mentor like Rev. Wright.

The defense has had plenty of time, this is all politics. Who is taking care of Rita in fashion in which she has grown accustom??? Blagojevich had all those fund raisers everyone knows he's not going to run againg. Those were parties were for his defense and the silence of possible witnesses.

YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BLOG, STOP REFERRING TO THIS MAN AS OBAMA'S
FRIEND!
STOP DOING THE BIDDING FOR FOX NEWS!

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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