Obama's Buddy Rezko Gets 10 1/2 Years

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. pspr


    In additon to fundraising for Obama, Rezko sold a tract of land to Obama at a questionably devalued price presumed as payment for political favors. Expect Obama to pardon Rezko as he leaves office in early 2013 as a quid pro quo for keeping quiet on Obama.

    Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former Chicago real estate developer and fast-food entrepreneur, has been in custody for 3 1/2 years while awaiting sentencing. He was sentenced to a total of 10 1/2 but will get credit for that time he has served.

    His attorneys had asked U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to set him free, arguing that he already has served more time than others who were convicted as part of the federal investigation of Blagojevich have or are expected to.

    St. Eve told Rezko his "selfish and corrupt actions" had damaged the trust people have in their government.

    "You defrauded the people of Illinois, you engaged in extensive corruption throughout the state of Illinois," St. Eve said.

    Prosecutors had asked that Rezko receive a prison term of between 11 and 15 years.

    Rezko was convicted in 2008 of fraud, money laundering and plotting to squeeze $7 million in kickbacks from firms that wanted to do business with the state during Blagojevich's tenure. The governor was arrested six months later and convicted this year on charges that included trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. He is set to be sentenced next month and is expected to get about 10 years.

    The 56-year-old Rezko also was a political fundraiser for Obama during his campaigns for Illinois senator, though not for his presidential campaign. Obama has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case, but his relationship with Rezko became an issue during the 2008 election.

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  2. Lucrum


    Is this part of the "Hope" or "Change" Obama promised his sheeple?
  3. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao