Lawyers for ex House Speaker Hastert ask judge for probation

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:40 AM

S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted latest year of a financial crime in a hush-money case, urged a federal judge on Wednesday to spare him prison time for health reasons and because he's "deeply sorry."Hastert, seventy-four, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced later this mo for his guilty plea in Oct to a federal charge of "structuring" - evading bank reporting rules by withdrawing large amounts of cash in tiny increments.

Lawyers for former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted latest year of a financial crime in a hush-money case, urged a federal judge on Wednesday to spare him prison time for health reasons and because he's "deeply sorry."

Hastert, seventy-four, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced later this mo for his guilty plea in Oct to a federal charge of "structuring" - evading bank reporting rules by withdrawing large amounts of cash in small increments.

The former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives has admitted to paying $1.7 million in cash to someone he'd known for decades to purchase that person'south silence and compensate for past misconduct toward that individual.

Neither Hastert'south lawyers nor prosecutors have revealed the misconduct at issue. But unnamed law enforcement executive have told media it was sexual in nature and involved someone Hastert knew when he was a high school instructor and coach in his hometown of Yorkville, Illinois, in the one thousand nine hundred sixty and 1970s.

"First and foremost, Mr. Hastert is deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting damage he caused to others," his lawyers said in a memorandum seeking leniency. "He regrets that he resorted to structuring the withdrawal of his money from banks in an effort to prevent the disclosure of that misconduct."

Prosecutors have recommended a prison duration of number more than six months in exchange for Hastert'south guilty plea. The defense asked that he be sentenced to probation only, citing his deteriorating medical condition.

According to Wednesday'south filing, Hastert suffers from diabetes, which led to ft ulceration, and medical staff discovered an infection after he was hospitalized following a fall.

Hastert has also had surgery for a spinal infection, was treated for a severe blood infection and suffered a stroke, nearly dying, his lawyers have said. He's been confined to a wheelchair, can walk only a brief distance with help, and needs around-the-clock care, Ct documents said.

Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced on April twenty-seven, according to the Chicago Tribune.

(Reporting by Justin Madden; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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