The Chicago Tribune has an article today, Tuesday, October 7, 2008,
that reveals that federal prosecutors are seeking an indefinite delay
in the sentencing of convicted criminal Tony Rezko. Rezko is a long time
close associate of Obama. Here are some exerpts from the article:
“Tony Rezko sentencing delay sought
Prosecutors’ motion says 2 sides are talking
By Jeff Coen | Chicago Tribune reporter
October 7, 2008
In the first official sign that Antoin “Tony” Rezko and his lawyers are talking with federal prosecutors about his cooperation in corruption probes, the judge in his federal fraud case has been asked to delay his sentencing this month.
In a motion filed late Monday by prosecutors, the two sides ask that the Oct. 28 sentencing date for the former fundraiser and adviser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich be delayed indefinitely.”
“Rezko would likely be the most valuable witness yet for investigators looking into state hiring irregularities and “pay-to-play” schemes involving campaign fundraising. Rezko was a key player in the Blagojevich administration from its earliest days, and the governor’s wife, Patricia, was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars as a broker for Rezko and others with business before the state.”
“At his trial, Rezko was painted as the ultimate insider who had tremendous access to the channels of power in the Blagojevich administration and as someone who used his power to leverage crooked deals to bring in kickbacks or campaign contributions. He was convicted of corrupting two state boards with the help of Stuart Levine, a member of both, who was able to secure approvals for firms seeking state business in exchange for the payment of “finder’s fees” to individuals Levine named.”
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Consider the following from the Petition to Impeach, expel Senator
Whereas: Senator Barack Obama has maintained regular contact
with known criminals such as Antoin (Tony) Rezko and other
criminal elements in Chicago and Illinois. Mr. Obama has
conducted business with these criminals and received campaign
donations from them. Mr. Obama was compelled to return an estimated $250,000 in donations related to Tony Rezko.
Whereas: Senator Barack Obama has consistently lied about his
contact with convicted criminal Tony Rezko. The Tony Rezko
corruption trial revealed that FBI mole John Thomas helped investigators
“build a record of repeat visits to the old offices of Rezko and former
business partner Daniel Mahru’s Rezmar Corp., at 853 N. Elston, by
Blagojevich and Obama during 2004 and 2005,” according to the February
10, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times.
Whereas: Senator Barack Obama used the office of IL Senator to
facilitate the vote rigging in Chicago as chairman of the Illinois Senate
Health and Human Services Committee. Mr. Obama pushed legislation in Senate Bill 1332 to reduce the number of members of the Health Facilities Planning Board from 15 to 9. Mr. Obama did conspire with Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko and Rod Blogojevich to rig the committee and was rewarded with campaign contributions. The new members appointed included 3 doctors who contributed to Mr. Obama. On April 21, 2004, Stuart Levine explicitly advised Dr. Robert Weinstein, who is now indicted, of Tony Rezko’s role in manipulating the Planning Board’s vote.