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Rezko having second thoughts on cooperation?

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Talks between the government and political fund-raiser Tony Rezko appear to have hit a stumbling block.

Late today, Rezko's lawyers filed a motion with U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve asking her to "set the earliest possible date for his sentencing."

Just last October, both Rezko's lawyers and prosecutors agreed to indefinitely delay his sentencing because, according to sources, the former adviser to Gov. Blagojevich and fund-raiser of President-elect Barack Obama began providing information to prosecutors.

Rezko was convicted in June of wideranging corruption tied to state deals.

If Rezko signed on to cooperate with the government, he more than likely would not be sentenced until after his cooperation was completed. That usually involves testifying before a grand jury or at trial.

Rezko is being housed in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center -- something that appears to be a sticking point with Rezko.

"Mr. Rezko has remained in solitary confinement at the MCC since June 4, 2008, the day of the jury's verdict, and can no longer agree to delay sentencing," his lawyers wrote in the court papers.

It was Rezko who volunteered to surrender to jail immediately.

Sources say there have been some hangups in talks with Rezko, including the government suspecting his attempting to minimize his role in potential wrongdoing he's telling them about.

They say the latest request may be a game of chicken with Rezko trying to force the government into advocating better accommodations for him if he's to cooperate.

Rezko's lawyer, Joseph Duffy, could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

Rezko loses bid for new trial

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Federal Judge Amy St. Eve has denied Tony Rezko's plea for an acquittal or new trial.
She set the next hearing in his case for January.

Read it here: rezkodenial.pdf

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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