Rezko to be sentenced in 5 1/2 weeks

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In August, he was the clandestine informant, secretly leaving his jail cell to meet with prosecutors and give them information.
In October, lawyers asked to indefinitely put off his sentencing.
Today, things changed.
Political fund-raiser Tony Rezko is now weeks away from being sentenced.
This morning, Judge Amy St. Eve set a Jan. 6 sentencing date and prosecutors did not object. Later this month, prosecutors and defense lawyers will file papers to argue what kind of sentence Rezko should receive.
Rezko's lawyers wouldn't comment on Rezko's discussions with federal prosecutors.
But sources say Rezko has grown frustrated with his current accommodations -- solitary confinement and the prosecution's apparent unwillingness to push for his release on electronic monitoring.
At a second hearing this morning, a prosecutor said she was producing additional discovery in the second case against Rezko and a business partner -- one involving loan fraud and his personal pizza business. That case, before Judge James Zagel, is supposed to go to trial next year, but today, one defense lawyer said he might have a conflict in early February.
Lawyers will discuss the trial schedule at a status set for December.

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Political fund-raiser Tony Rezko is now weeks away from being sentenced.
This morning, Judge Amy St. Eve set a Jan. 6 sentencing date and prosecutors did not object. Later this month, prosecutors and defense lawyers will file papers to argue what kind of sentence Rezko should receive.
Rezko's lawyers wouldn'tuggs outlet comment on Rezko's discussions with federal prosecutors.
But sources say Rezko has grown frustrated with his current accommodations -- solitary confinement and the prosecution's apparent unwillingness to push for his release on electronic monitoring.
At a second hearing this morning, a prosecutor said she was producing additional discovery in the second case against Rezko and a business partner -- one involving loan fraud and his personal pizza business. That case, before Judge James Zagel, is supposed to go to trial next year, but oday, one defense lawyer said he might have a conflict in early February.
Lawyers will discuss the trial schedule at a status set for December.

I truly hope the Judge throws the 'BOOK' at Rezko!! He is a convicted Felon & deserves everything he gets....And then some!! And he is in the middle of this corrupt 'NEST OF RATS' in Chicago!!

I know that Politics in America is corrupt....But the 'CORRUPTION' in Chicago is just Insane!! It is like a Mafia Family there!!!

We profess to be the best in the world at this & that....With the best form of Government etc.!! Well I guess the 'WORLD' is looking at us & just 'Shaking their collective Heads'!! 'ONLY IN AMERICA....They say!!

Chicago is & has been 'ROTTEN TO THE CORE' for many, many years!! It never ceases to amaze me what 'MONEY & POWER' can do to people!! They literally will die for it!! What a Sad, Sad comentary this is on our Value System!! What are we teaching the next generation???

Rezko has grown frustrated with his accommodations? The nerve of the guy, he is being held awaiting his sentencing, what does he expect a country clud setting where he can golf all day and party all night. He better get used to it, I can not see him doing all that good in general population when he goes to prison. Also why do these white collar criminals feel they have more rights than others? Why should he be allowed electronic monitoring or any freedom at all? He harmed millions of people when he stole from the state and banks. He should have to pay all damages back to the banks and state coffers, Oh well what does it matter, this state is so corrupt and dishonest it would take an act of God to fix it. Oh well the tax payers just get another screw job, and the politicans and thier buddies get the cash.

Isn't it reasonable to think that the feds had no more use for Rezko. By this time they had the Gov on tape. Rezko should have made a deal.

Natasha, what are the odds of Rezko talking about his relationship with the President-elect and the Illinois First Lady? I say 10-1 against.

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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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