Feds delay Rezko sentencing

posted at 9:25 am on October 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, defense attorneys representing figures in Illinois corruption cases tipped the media that Tony Rezko may have decided to cooperate with federal investigators.  Now it appears their worst nightmare has come true.  Federal prosecutors requested a delay in Rezko’s sentencing, almost certainly a sign that Rezko has cut a deal to limit his time in prison after his conviction on multiple counts of corruption:

Federal prosecutors moved Monday to delay indefinitely the sentencing of convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, sending their strongest hint yet that he is ready to spill his political secrets.

The filing asks for a postponement while prosecutors and defense attorneys “engage in discussions that could affect their sentencing postures.”

Speculation has simmered for weeks that the key fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. Barack Obama was whispering what he knows about corruption in Illinois government to federal prosecutors in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.

Rezko raised more than $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign fund and was one of the governor’s key advisers. He was frequently by the governor’s side in the early days of his administration and could be in a position to shed considerable light on federal investigations into patronage hiring and a host of other issues involving Blagojevich.

Rezko also raised $250,000 for Barack Obama and was his most important fundraiser during Obama’s state senate career, as well as for his US Senate race.  The feds are likely much more focused on Blagojevich and Mayor Richard Daley than Barack Obama, though, as they have attempted to crack the walls of corruption surrounding the Chicago Machine for several years.  Patrick Fitzgerald may only have a few more months as a US Attorney, and he wants to complete his mission before a new president appoints someone else in his position.

If Rezko turns state’s evidence, Blagojevich had better start preparing his resignation letter.  If he gets indicted, he’ll be the second straight Illinois governor to face prosecution for abuse of power in office.  I’m guessing that Blagojevich is only a secondary target, though, and that the primary target of this investigation is Richard Daley himself.  Blagojevich couldn’t have gotten elected dogcatcher without Daley’s assistance, and for that matter, neither could Barack Obama.

Will Rezko provide the information that finally dismantles the fabled Chicago Machine?  We’ll see.  In fact, the longer we wait, the better the information will be when the feds finally make their move.


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Let’s have the audacity to HOPE he hits the high notes on Obama’s magic home loan

originalpechanga on October 7, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Yes, but it will not happen before the election…

mimi1220 on October 7, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Chicago .. that’s my kind of town!

(A little Sinatra, there)

BigD on October 7, 2008 at 9:29 AM

turn on Obama

jp on October 7, 2008 at 9:29 AM

This could be an unplanned “October Surprise”.

Tim Zank on October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Bad news for Corrupt Chicago Pols.
Funny word Pols. It reminds me of Proles from “1984″ I wonder if in Orwell’s mind the Proles called the Political class Pols?

theguardianii on October 7, 2008 at 9:31 AM

HEADLINE TO COME: Tony Rezko found against a tree in Fort Marcy Park with a single gun shot wound….wait, hung with bed sheet in his cell…stabbed by another inmate…..

I hope he’s well guarded.

OSUBuciz1 on October 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Hee.. I wonder what the DUmmies think of their hero Patrick Fitzgerald now??

Illinidiva on October 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Fitzgerald better do right ON TIME!

maverick muse on October 7, 2008 at 9:34 AM

OK, I’ll be the first one to say it, “Fitzmas!”

Wethal on October 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM

And most of the public doesn’t know or care…

sigh.

BadgerHawk on October 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Any way to revoke his US citizenship and send him packing back to Syria?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Obama:
“I didn’t know Rezko was a crook!”
“I didn’t know Ayers was a terrorist!”
“I didn’t know my pastor of 20 yrs was an America-hating racist!”
“I have the knowledge to be your President!”

jgapinoy on October 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM

This could be an unplanned “October Surprise”.

Tim Zank on October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Could be. But do you really think US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (i.e. the same guy who put Scooter Libby behind bars for forgetting a conversation he may or may not have had with Tim Russert) is going to pants the Democrats by leaking damaging information about Barack Obama right before an election? No way. But I am willing to bet that Rezko is going to turn either on the Illinois Governor or Mayor Daley. And that may be a big enough story to where, if McCain plays his cards right, he can connect the dots between Rezko, Obama, Daley, Blagojevich, Ayers, Dohrn, Wright, Pfleger, and anyone else I’m forgetting… And that might actually matter!

Outlander on October 7, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Yes, but it will not happen before the election…

because Fitzie spent too much time playing the Who Named Plame Game.

Steve Z on October 7, 2008 at 9:36 AM

This could be an unplanned “October Surprise”.

Tim Zank on October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Not likely. The sentencing date was 10/28. They are asking that it be postponed “indefinitely”.

Sadly, it kooks like they are focusing on Gov. Blagojevich with Obama’s not even in their sights.

Rod on October 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM

This could be an unplanned “October Surprise”.

Tim Zank on October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

I thought the same thing. I remember reading that Obama sent his minions to be in the audience to watch the case. Strange.

jencab on October 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Federal prosecutors moved Monday to delay indefinitely the sentencing of convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko,

The word indefinitely is the key word…are you sure they are looking for more, or just stalling till after Nov elections?
Not to be paranoid, but I would rather have something in the next couple of weeks.
If they cut a deal, I can’t believe it would take more then a couple of more weeks to break this open.

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:38 AM

And that might actually matter!

Outlander on October 7, 2008 at 9:36 AM

But won’t matter if after Nov. 4…

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:39 AM

You guys are chasing ghosts. Like Ayers, there is nothing that Rezko will reveal that will be substantial.

You can hold onto ‘hope’ though.

http://thepajamapundit.com/

thePajamaPundit on October 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

I’m not getting my hopes up for anything here.

vinman on October 7, 2008 at 9:41 AM

October is a wiiiiiiiild month.

Weight of Glory on October 7, 2008 at 9:42 AM

This could be an unplanned “October Surprise”.

Tim Zank on October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Eat your heart out Rather!

Rovin on October 7, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Even if Rezko spills dirt on Obama in the next three weeks, it will be carefully redacted and kept tightly under wraps.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Fitzgerald doesn’t have to indict Obama for this to have an impact. Recall 1992, when Lawrence Walsh indicted Caspar Weinberger on the eve of the election. That move pretty much sealed Bush 41’s fate. If McCain does a good enough job of tying Obama to Chicago politics generally, an indictment of Blago and (even better) da Mare would probably be enough to hurt Obama badly. If a 25-year old drunk driving conviction almost cost W., frog walking the two most important politicians in Obama’s home state a few days before the election would certainly get people’s attention about where Obama comes from. Especially since the guy singing was involved with Obama, too.

Mr. D on October 7, 2008 at 9:43 AM

But do you really think US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (i.e. the same guy who put Scooter Libby behind bars for forgetting a conversation he may or may not have had with Tim Russert) is going to pants the Democrats by leaking damaging information about Barack Obama right before an election?

Of course he would. Imagine the clients and fame. “The lawyer who took down Barack Obama”

I don’t know if Rezko even has anythng on Obama though

lodge on October 7, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Could be a “October Surprise” here… but I doubt it.

On the other hand, if Rezko is prominent in the news from bringing down Chicago pols, we get two freebies in the national consciousness:

- A reminder that Chicago politics is extremely corrupt
- Rezko’s face and corruption

Easy enough to remind people of Obama’s close associations with Rezko, as a part of the litany of shady characters in his past and present.

ClintACK on October 7, 2008 at 9:45 AM

vinman on October 7, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Ditto. Anything Rezko says will be dismissed by the MSM because he’s “only spewing lies to try and reduce his sentence.”

m064404 on October 7, 2008 at 9:48 AM

But do you really think US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (i.e. the same guy who put Scooter Libby behind bars for forgetting a conversation he may or may not have had with Tim Russert) is going to pants the Democrats by leaking damaging information about Barack Obama right before an election?

Fitz has no future in the GOP (for obvious reasons), but he probably doesn’t have much of one in the Dem party, either. They wouldn’t trust him, if he takes down Blagojevich and Daley. If Fitz had dreams of a federal judgeship, they are gone.

Fitz may be angling for a partnership in a white-collar crime defense firm. Being able to be an advocate, regardless of client affiliations, would be a helpful job qualification.

Wethal on October 7, 2008 at 9:48 AM

You can hold onto ‘hope’ though. – thePajamaPundit on October 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

The snarky little piece on Sarah Palin was kind of cute – even if the “bimbo” meme has since been thoroughly discredited.

And speaking about hope,are you still standing by your March endoresment of Sen. HopeandChange? A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then and it appears that the Messiah is just a little man behind the curtain.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

McCain has to start saying that Obama shows a pattern of poor judgment in his associations.

Connie on October 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

HEADLINE TO COME: Tony Rezko found against a tree in Fort Marcy Park with a single gun shot wound….wait, hung with bed sheet in his cell…stabbed by another inmate…..

I hope he’s well guarded.

OSUBuciz1 on October 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Almost right… the headline will be “Rezko commits suicide! Found in his office with 6 gunshot wounds to the head!”

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

You would figure that if somebody got a sweetheart deal on real estate worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a proven crook, it would more or less disqualify him from high political office.

But if you did, you would figure wrong.

gridlock2 on October 7, 2008 at 9:50 AM

If the McCain campaign starts call Obama “just another politician out of the Daley-Cook County machine,” it might have some traction.

Most voters equate Daley and Cook County with corruption. Obama’s claim that 1) Dems in Cook County are honest would be laughed at and 2) that he is one of the rare honest Dems from Cook County would also get skepticism.

Wethal on October 7, 2008 at 9:52 AM

You would figure that if somebody got a sweetheart deal on real estate worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a proven crook, it would more or less disqualify him from high political office.

But if you did, you would figure wrong - if the individual in question is a Democrat.

Fixed it.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 9:52 AM

New rules of media say you no longer have to wait for revelations, you find someone willing to speculate on what the revelations MIGHT be, and then report that speculation as NEWS.

Or if you’re CBS you just forge a memo.

jeff_from_mpls on October 7, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Rezko had better be very, very careful in the next few weeks. Bodyguards, anyone?

Sloan Morganstern on October 7, 2008 at 9:54 AM

You would figure that if somebody got a sweetheart deal on real estate worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a proven crook, it would more or less disqualify him from high political office.

But if you did, you would be racist and figure wrong – if the individual in question is a Democrat.

Fixed it.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 9:52 AM

re-fixed…

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:54 AM

I hope rezko watches his back, at least until after he sings. Chicago politics is pretty rotten.

Bambi on October 7, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Is there any doubt that a President Obama would pardon Resko? Does that mean that Tony’s singing now because he’s not that confident of victory next month? Am I reading too much into this, and should I switch to decaf?

(Disregard last question – it’s not going to happen)

landshark on October 7, 2008 at 10:00 AM

I hope rezko watches his back, at least until after he sings. Chicago politics is pretty rotten.

Bambi on October 7, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Maybe he can have Barney Fwank watch it for him… maybe even give him a reach-around while he’s at it.

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Justice may prevail. It will be hard to make Patrick Fitzgerald into a Ken Starr when Fitzgerald went after the Bush Administration/Libby very hard.

amr on October 7, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Personally I don’t see a down side. If he sings on Obama before or after is irrelevant. Corruption is corruption and if it’s revealed that then President Obama is a corrupt as they come, Congress will have no choice to either impeach or face a loss in 2010 that will make 1994 and 2006 seem like a picnic for the losing side.

Rogue on October 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM

I’m still of the opinion that the seller who reduced his $1.65 million asking price to $1.35 million for Obama actually got the difference from Rezko or someone Rezko solicted. Rezko’s hands were all over that home purchase. And no one knocks that much off a asking price in a seller’s market. No way.

BuckeyeSam on October 7, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Yes, but it will not happen before the election…

But it could still happen AFTER the election, and Bubba Billy proved that no one, not even a President, is above the law.

pilamaye on October 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Are we sure this is not an attempt to postpone all this messy stuff ’till after Nov. 4th?

Griz on October 7, 2008 at 10:26 AM

http://thepajamapundit.com/

thePajamaPundit on October 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Your tag links to your website, you don’t need to double promote your foolish site.
Bush league…

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 10:27 AM

OK, I’ll be the first one to say it, “Fitzmas!”

Wethal on October 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Rezmas

gash on October 7, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Maybe they’re just Democrats and Daleying until Obama can pardon him?

unclesmrgol on October 7, 2008 at 10:52 AM

But is his singing good for Obama’s children? This is potentially good news. Now democrats have to figure, what if there’s an indictment between November 5 and January 19, 2009 against Obama (when he’s not subject to the impeachment rule but still an ordinary citizen though Pres elect). Do they really want to be in that situation, starting out, God Forbid, a potential Obama Administration like the last two years of the Clinton Administration?

eaglewingz08 on October 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM

I think that a lot of records in Illinois are being hidden or destroyed as we speak.

thekingtut on October 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM

You guys are chasing ghosts. Like Ayers, there is nothing that Rezko will reveal that will be substantial.

You can hold onto ‘hope’ though.

http://thepajamapundit.com/

thePajamaPundit on October 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Thanks. Went to your site. Interesting

I too cling to hope: hope that, for the sake of our country, people like you who base their decisions on “hope” and “feelings” will come to their senses and realize that you’re nothing but easy prey for snake-oil salesmen like Obama who sell sometimes deadly, but always worthless elixers that they promise will alleviate virtually every aliment that afflicts you.

Wake up. Take the rose-colored glasses off and take a hard look at this man who promises you miracles. Or just paint him white: Change the color of his skin and you’ll realize you’d never give him the time of day.

He offers “hope” in an empty package at Christmas.

His promise of “change” has as much substance as an empty suit fresh off the designer rack;

His expericnce is being a left-wing radical born of the corrupt Chicago political system. He could not run a fast food joint. You want to put him in charge of the Armed Forces!

God help us.

Get the facts, kid. Flim-Flam men promise the world and deliver nothing. You can either, on your own, face this fact now or be bitterly forced to face it in about 3 years.

If you do now, I’ll give you a discount on a few “Don’t Blame Me. I Voted for McCain” bumper stickers I’m getting ready to print up.

Rod on October 7, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Feds had better have a lot of bodyguards around Rezko. He’s a ‘dead man walking’ right now.

GarandFan on October 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

I imagine Rezko has said nothing, will say nothing, and is merely biding time until Osama Obama can pardon him.

MrScribbler on October 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

If Obama becomes President will he pardon his money pal and felon Rezko?

Maybe someone should ask him?

Nah. That is asking WAY too much of the MSM.

WolkingsWorld.com on October 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Can Tony Rezko help me get a McMansion in Chicago from behind bars? With Phleger,Wright,Daley,Ayers,Dorn,Farrakhan,the New Black Panther Party, and of course Barack Hussein and Michelle, Chicago seems like a great place to live. I could probably get a job as a community organizer pretty quickly if I just tell someone I’m a communist who hates America. Seems to have worked for all the above………

adamsmith on October 7, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Almost right… the headline will be “Rezko commits suicide! Found in his office with 6 gunshot wounds to the head!”

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

>>>>

ROFL. Isn’t that the truth!

Fitzgerald could get some fame for bringing Obama down, as could the judge in Berg v Obama, but I don’t know if I’d want the name recognition if the mob and their useful idiots knew my address. I hear the Chicago police are preparing for violence however the election turns out.

justincase on October 7, 2008 at 12:02 PM

“Rezko also raised $250,000 for Barack Obama and was his most important fundraiser during Obama’s state senate career, as well as for his US Senate race.” If the Feds don’t bring it up, why can’t the McCain/Plain camp? Another drum to beat… there’s the potential of driving Barry to distraction and get him to stutter like an idiot. We gotta bring him down!

Christine on October 7, 2008 at 12:49 PM

This is starting to turn into a situation similar to the early Clinton years: The press gave Bill a total pass during the 1992 campaign (but nothing like how they are protecting Obama), and it wasnt until Clinton was safely in the WH that stories really started to break open on him and threatened his presidency.

Same scene playing out with Obama? Theres not enuff time before the election for any of this to sink into that portion of the electoral who seem totally sanguine about rolling the dice on Malcolm Urkel, who will screw this country like a $10 whore at Mardi Gras the minute he and Madame O get the keys to the kingdom.

Mike D. on October 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM