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Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Gets 15 Months in Prison; Tells Judge He’s ‘Deeply Ashamed’

Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Capping a shameful chapter for Congress, a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison, a punishment that was more severe than what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations, the Washington Post reports. .

Hastert,  74, a former wrestling coach in Illinois who rose through the ranks in Congress,  told  U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin that he was “deeply ashamed” to be in court and acknowledged that he “mistreated some of the athletes I coached,” according to a report by Matt Zapotosky of the Post.

Hastert, 74, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, did not plead guilty to any sex crimes, the Post reports The statute of limitations had run out.

But those allegations were an integral part of his crime.

He pleaded guilty to withdrawing money in increments to  avoid having to report it. The money was used to buy the silence of one of people he had sexually abused as a youth. 

 

Denver Post: Republicans Must Stop the Antics over Homeland Security Funding

By Denver Post 
Editorial Board 

House Speaker John Boehner seemingly wants radical conservatives in the Republican caucus to stop threatening a pointless, partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security as a response to President Obama’s immigration orders. But if so, there is a simple solution: Let the House vote on the Senate-passed measure.

By most accounts, the Senate measure, which provides funding for DHS through September, would pass the House, too. It would also put a stop to futile attempts by some Republicans to force the administration to abandon its immigration policies. Which isn’t going to happen.

An end to the impasse is in view, and Boehner should seize it.

To read the full column, click here.

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First Openly Gay State House Speaker to Resign After FBI Raids in Rhode Island

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A popular Rhode Island state lawmaker is resigning from his leadership role and won’t run for re-election after the FBI raided his home and public office, the Associated Press reports.

Gordon Fox, a 52-year-old Democrat who has been House speaker since 2010, said he will step down from his leadership post but will serve out the remainder of his term.

“My personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation,” Fox said.

Fox became the nation’s first openly gay House speaker.

‘‘Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker,’’ Fox said in a written statement emailed to reporters. ‘‘The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.’’