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Judge Delays Rezko Sentencing -- More Time to Talk

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A federal judge has delayed sentencing for Tony Rezko -- a heavy hitting political fundraiser who was once part of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s inner circle. In June, Rezko was convicted of using his political clout to get bribes from companies hoping to do business with the state.

The hearing this morning took just a couple minutes as prosecutors and defense attorneys were on the same page. Both sides told the judge they’d like to delay sentencing so they can have more time to talk. But the schedule is open ended as attorneys didn’t ask for a new sentencing date. Bill Ziegelmueller is one of Rezko’s attorneys.

ZIEGELMUELLER: Very simply the parties have agreed to try to work together to agree or otherwise narrow their differences at sentencing and the judge has agreed to give us more time to work towards that end.

Prosecutors may be using that time to ask Rezko questions about possible corruption in Illinois state government. They would likely agree to a shorter sentence if he can provide information for their wide reaching investigation which may go as high as the governor.

I’m Robert Wildeboer, Chicago Public Radio.

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