Sentencing day arrives for Tony Rezko

November 22, 2011 9:12:54 AM PST
A man who helped federal prosecutors learn about Illinois' ''pay-to-play'' politics will be sentenced Tuesday.

Tony Rezko, a former political fundraiser, was convicted in 2008 on corruption charges, including fraud, money laundering and trying to squeeze money out of firms wanting to do business with the state.

He has been in jail since his conviction, and his lawyers argue that has been long enough.

Rezko agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating corruption cases, including the one against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Because of that, Rezko's own sentencing was delayed.

However, Rezko never took the stand. Prosecutors said they could not use him. Rezko's attorney says the former political fundraiser endured harsh conditions while he was waiting in jail and that if he would have been sentenced earlier, he would have been in a more so-called white collar criminal facility.They are asking for time served.

On the other hand, prosecutors are asking for up to 15 years behind bars for Rezko.

The sentencing hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Blagojevich's sentencing, by the way, is set for next month.


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