Skip to comments.Former Obama fundraiser Rezko gets 10-year sentence (Obama is "saddened" for his buddy)
Posted on 11/22/2011 3:22:23 PM PST by tobyhill
A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former Chicago fundraiser for President Barack Obama, to 10-1/2 years in prison for corruption and extortion.
Rezko's conviction was among a slew of guilty pleas that led to the conviction in two trials of former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and several of his aides.
A Syrian immigrant who earned millions in the real estate and restaurant businesses, Rezko has been imprisoned since his 2008 conviction on 16 fraud and attempted bribery counts.
"Enough is enough. Corruption in Illinois has to stop," U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve in handing down sentence to the now-gaunt, 56-year-old Rezko.
Rezko became a minor campaign issue for Obama during the 2008 presidential race. The two had become close friends and Rezko had raised tens of thousands of dollars for the then-Illinois state senator's successful U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns.
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Is it just me or does the dude actually *look* evil?
“Enough is enough. Corruption in Illinois has to stop,”
well, yeah; they’ve exported a lot of it to Washington. Too damn bad some of that bunch couldn’t have been waterboarded.
He’s just a guy in the neighborhood.
Obama should be his cell mate.
wonder what this guy’s shelf life will be?
I’m sad he didn’t get 20.
Save room for Blago, Tony.
I know this will be the lead story on every early morning TV show, ABCBSNBCNN, as well as every NYTimes, WaPOSt echo chamber, tomorrow. Also with charts to the Obamass connections./S
I smell another pardon coming soon. I can see the corruption in Washington DC from my backyard and I live in Florida. Obama just pardoned some drug dealers and a jewel thief, pardoning one of his Chicago thug partners-in-crime is a given.
Zero is so "saddened" that he will probably pardon his currupt friend. Birds of a feather....
Don’t worry Tony you will be getting a pardon on Jan 21st as Barry leaves office. Meanwhile enjoy the table tennis at Club Fed.
As goes the old adage: “Birds of a feather, flock together”.
“Rezko became a minor campaign issue for Obama during the 2008 presidential race. The two had become close friends and Rezko had raised tens of thousands of dollars for the then-Illinois state senator’s successful U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns.”
This could have been a big deal had John McLame used it to his advantage. But noooo.. he had to take the high road and campaign like a “gentleman”.
“Zero to pardon Rezko.”
(Its a Chicago thing).
Never heard of this until I tripped over this thread.
Amazing how they kep this so quiet.