Judge agrees to move Rezko sentencing

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A federal judge this morning officially postponed the sentencing of political fund-raiser Tony Rezko as he continues his discussions with the government.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve indefinitely postponed Rezko's Oct. 28 sentencing date and told the parties to meet again for a status in the case in December.
The sentencing, originally scheduled just before the Nov. 4 election, was likely to bring unfavorable publicity to Rezko's onetime friend Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Prosecutors and Rezko lawyers said this morning they did not want to set a future date for sentencing.
Rezko lawyer William Ziegelmueller said they sought the delay to: "work together to agree to otherwise narrow differences at sentencing."
The delay comes as evidence mounts that Rezko is providing information to federal prosecutors. The Sun-Times first reported Rezko's meetings with the feds in August and sources close to the investigation later confirmed the talks last month.
Ziegelmueller said this morning there was presently no deal in place otherwise "today would have been different." Ziegelmueller said Rezko remains in solitary confinement in the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
If a deal is worked out with the government, Rezko could prove to be the most valuable witness yet in an ongoing probe into state corruption under Gov. Blagojevich's administration.
On Tuesday, Blagojevich said he hoped Rezko "tells the truth" and said he wasn't worried about his former adviser and fund-raiser talking about him.
The governor pointed to a letter Rezko sent St. Eve earlier this year saying he wasn't going to make up lies about Obama and Blagojevich.
Ziegelmueller said both the letter and the governor's comments speak for themselves.
"I think everyone else can draw their own conclusions," he said.

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The sentencing, originally scheduled just before the Nov. 4 election, was likely to bring unfavorable publicity to Rezko's onetime friend Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Prosecutors and Rezko lawyers said this morning they did not want to set a future date for sentencing.
Rezko lawyer William Ziegelmueller said they sought the delay to: "work together to agree to otherwise narrow differences at sentencing."
The delay comes as evidence mounts that Rezko is providing information to federal prosecutors. The Sun-Times first reported Rezko's meetings with the feds in August and sources close to the investigation later confirmed the talks last month.
Ziegelmueller said this morning there was presently no deal in place otherwise "today would have been different." Ziegelmueller said Rezko remains in solitary ugg outletconfinement in the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
If a deal is worked out with the government, Rezko could prove to be the most valuable witness yet in an ongoing probe into state corruption under Gov. Blagojevich's administration.
On Tuesday, Blagojevich said he hoped Rezko "tells the truth" and said he wasn't worried about his former adviser and fund-raiser talking about him.
The governor pointed to a letter Rezko sent St. Eve earlier this year saying he wasn't uggs outletgoing to make up lies about Obama and Blagojevich.
Ziegelmueller said both the letter and the governor's comments speak for themselves.
"I think everyone else can draw their own conclusions," he said.

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska accepts a $250,000 renovation of his home and is convicted of a felony for failing to report gifts. Senator Barack Obama gets a $300,000 discount on the purchase of his property with help from Rezko and is elected President of the U.S.. Something's not right here.

Why are we waiting to sentence this crook. He is guilty as hell and he knows it forget about the lies he is telling the Feds to stay out of the Big House it's time to check in now! Rod is next !!!!!!!!

Once he gets pardoned he'll be a shoe-in for head of Housing and Urban Development


What ever Mr.Rezko is singing either isnt enough to avoid prison or just maybe its being delayed for political reasons. Anyone naive enough to think he dosen't have the goods on the entire Chicago political criminal machine is living in fanasty land. Just another example of shielding information from the american public! Justice & journalism both have sold out the people.

Delayed until after the election is the bottom line. Wow, likely to bring unfavorable publicity??!! Once again swept under the Media rug...

Non-story.

Now why this paper isn't covering the FACT that the McCain Family continued to make millions in RE deals with KEATING FOR 11 YEARS AFTER he went to prison???

Read it here:
http://washingtonindependent.com/11806/cindy

I smell a deal....

How convenient, till after the election. Maybe we can impeach Obama before he has a chance to destroy this country. They are supposed to be working on a deal for sentencing. I'll bet he has something to do with I wont talk about Obama if you don't send me to the big house!!
seah, even if he does spill the beans on Obama it will be too late if Obama is elected before they reschedule the sentencing.

When Obama started his career 25 years ago, I'm sure he experienced racial discrimination, Michelle, too. He was sincere in wanting to improve conditions in South Chicago for whites as well as blacks. He probably accepted help from where ever he could get it.

Great maybe Rezko will spill the beans on Obama and the connections and the money trails.

What the heck happened Toni? I guess it's no fun going to the Big house by oneself, no cronies or bedfellows to keep you company?
Sing! Sing!! Sing!!!

Sh-sh-sh- Listen . . .
Hear that sound?
It's the Chicago machine grinding out a deal - for Rezko- and Obama.

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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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