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Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse
nytimes.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | MONICA DAVEY, JULIE BOSMAN and MITCH SMITH

Posted on 04/27/2016 6:57:51 PM PDT by Morgana

CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, once among the nation’s most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in prison for illegally structuring bank transactions in an effort to cover up his sexual abuse of young members of a wrestling team he coached decades ago.

In a hearing that was by turns harrowing and revelatory, Mr. Hastert publicly admitted for the first time to abusing his athletes, was confronted in emotional addresses by one of the former wrestlers and the sister of another, and faced a long, scathing rebuke from the judge.

Mr. Hastert, 74, who made an unlikely rise from beloved small-town wrestling coach in Illinois to speaker of the House in Washington, sat slouched in a wheelchair in a federal courtroom here as a judge announced that he was rejecting pleas for probation from Mr. Hastert’s lawyers, as well as prosecutors’ endorsement of a shorter prison stay.

While the sentencing hearing was, technically, about a violation of banking rules and regulations, the proceedings focused squarely on the underlying reason for Mr. Hastert’s puzzling bank withdrawals — his abuse of young wrestlers who had viewed him as a role model.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: hastert; pederasty; sexoffenders
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Only 15 months?
1 posted on 04/27/2016 6:57:51 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
His crime was homosexuality. They went after him for taking money out of his own bank accounts. He is in prison for the latter. We are in Twilight Zone time.
2 posted on 04/27/2016 7:01:26 PM PDT by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: Morgana

Well, the 15 months are for the financial issues.

For the raping of young men, there really isn’t a fit punishment for that.

The domino effect of not only destroying lives of innocent young people, possibly turning them into homosexuals, and even worse, potential child predators, can’t be punished here on earth.


3 posted on 04/27/2016 7:02:32 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Morgana

Horrible abuse of those innocent athletes by Speaker Hastert. He is a truly disgusting criminal.

4 posted on 04/27/2016 7:03:32 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Morgana

Do not expose your opponent until you exploited them. You can be pretty sure that some on both sides of the aisle knew this was hanging over Hastert’s head.


5 posted on 04/27/2016 7:04:56 PM PDT by Fhios (Going Donald Trump is as close to going John Galt as we'll get.)
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To: South Hawthorne; Chode

All I can say is Judgement day will very interesting when it comes to matters like these.


6 posted on 04/27/2016 7:07:38 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Roland Freisler gives a big thumbs up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Freisler

This comes at an opportune time to remind GOPe beneficiaries that ALL of you have dirt that can’t be washed out, ever, and that we, the Borg, OWN you.


7 posted on 04/27/2016 7:11:43 PM PDT by bakeneko
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He’ll be running again for his old House seat after his release.

As a DemocRAT.


8 posted on 04/27/2016 7:18:28 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician/Journalist. Some assembly required.)
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To: Morgana
Nothing is more stunning than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.”

Oh, I don't know. "Hillary Clinton" and "President of the United States" in the same sentence sounds a lot worse.

9 posted on 04/27/2016 7:22:26 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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So where did he get all the money? No investigation of obvious bribery..


10 posted on 04/27/2016 7:23:07 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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sex-offender treatment...

It's sick. The government requires him to undergo "sex-offender treatment" while the Supreme Court pretends that homosexuality is normal.

11 posted on 04/27/2016 7:29:32 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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“So where did he get all the money? No investigation of obvious bribery..”

From public school teacher to Congrss to multi-millionaire.

Those salaries don’t make you a millionaire.


12 posted on 04/27/2016 7:30:11 PM PDT by Timpanagos1
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To: Morgana

Wondering where a former teacher/coach got millions to pay in ransom...just kidding. We all know how you can elected poor but you aren’t long!

Fifteen months for the wrong crime.


13 posted on 04/27/2016 7:43:04 PM PDT by jch10 (Hillary in the Big House, not the White House .)
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How you can be elected poor but aren’t long...


14 posted on 04/27/2016 7:44:52 PM PDT by jch10 (Hillary in the Big House, not the White House .)
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To: Morgana

They should have hanged him.


15 posted on 04/27/2016 7:49:39 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ask Bernie supporters two questions: Who is rich. Who decides. In the past, that meant who died.)
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To: SkyPilot

[His crime was homosexuality]

He raped teenage boys that he coached and mentored. He deserves to rot in jail with Jerry Sandusky.


16 posted on 04/27/2016 8:27:00 PM PDT by KansasGirl (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." Thomas Paine)
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To: KansasGirl

The death penalty seems too little, despite the damned statute of limitations.


17 posted on 04/27/2016 8:50:11 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Morgana

This is the GOP leadership that is opposing Trump.


18 posted on 04/27/2016 9:01:44 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: spyone
So where did he get all the money?

Melissa McNamara/ CBS/AP/ June 22, 2006

Speaker Hastert's Land Deal Questioned cbsnews.com

19 posted on 04/27/2016 10:00:53 PM PDT by Daaave (Menehune Construction Co. 'Always on time and on budget.')
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To: Morgana

Oh, please.


20 posted on 04/27/2016 10:02:40 PM PDT by Lopeover (2016 Election is about allegiance to the United States!)
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