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.

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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,"
uggs outlethis 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 augg outlet 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

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

It's because the Feds Don't need him any more! They don't have to give him a break to get Rod Blago. The Gov. shot himself in the foot. So now the Governor is nailed and Rezko can do his time. They don't need him to rat anymore.
Hahahahahahahahahahaaha!
Good for the both of them!

Well, it may have seemed that Rezko wasn't cooperating but that wasn't the point. He was cooked becasue the Feds had the goods on Blago without Rezko. Rezko over played his hand. He just should have cooperated. Now he will not get a break at all. Stupid-stupid.

Kelly will be next. unless he has the goods he will get the book. Stupid.

Hurtgen- doesn't really matter anymore. He'll get the book too.

Cellini will get the book.

We will have to see how the next chapter is written and who else get's indcited off the new corse of the investigation.

well, if Rezko testifies, he is cooked !

Isn't it funny "W" commutes Liddy for treason
so Obama has to be as corrupt. You can take the
republican out of the Whitehouse but you can't take
the corruption out of their mindset.
Crooked people always ASSUME everyone else
is as crooked as they are.

The fix is in so that Rezko will not snitch off Blago or Obama or anything more at all. Great work by former AUSA and now defense attorney Joe Duffy! "Reformer" USA Patrick Fitzgerald wants to keep his job and not get fired (er, replaced) by Obama, who can easily replace Fitz or commute Rezko's sentence or pardon him or grant clemency. Likewise, if USA Fitz wants to get a high-paying private lawyer job from the "Combine" Machinery, he had better be a "Goodfellow" (remember the movie?) and play along. Blago can finally come out of hiding and the new Obama Administration can then rest easy. Rezko will do a little easy time in some specially picked Club Feds and then go home on "Good behavior" adn "Alternative" sentencing". Rezko stood have stood up like a man like Sorich and Co. in the first place adn done his time honorably, knowing full well that the Machine will take care of his family.

Why should he cooperate? In a couple of months his buddy that won the recent "dog and pony" show for president will wave his hand and pardon him. Why turn in his gold key and turn on his fellow political criminals and friends.

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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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