Archive for October 12th, 2008

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Rezko Talks to Feds …. Sentencing Date Delayed

October 12, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge canceled convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko’s sentencing date Wednesday and one of his lawyers said he is working with federal prosecutors in hopes of getting a break for his client.

The decision to postpone the Oct. 28 sentencing barely stopped short of confirmation that Rezko is spilling his secrets to federal prosecutors. Speculation that Rezko is telling what he knows about Illinois political corruption has swept through Chicago’s federal courthouse for weeks.

“We are trying to work toward an agreement that would affect sentencing,” defense attorney Bill Ziegelmueller told reporters after the two-minute hearing before federal Judge Amy J. St. Eve. “But obviously no agreement is in place.”

Rezko was a major political fundraiser who bankrolled campaigns of both Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. Barack Obama. But he did not supply any money to Obama’s current campaign and the Democratic candidate for president has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Rezko was not at Wednesday’s hearing. Prosecutors left the courtroom quickly and breezed down the hall without stopping to answer questions.

St. Eve canceled the October sentencing date and set a date for a fresh hearing Dec. 16 — enough time to see how valuable Rezko’s information could turn out to be.

Rezko was convicted in June of plotting with admitted fixer Stuart Levine to launch a $7 million scheme to use clout with Blagojevich’s administration to squeeze kickbacks out of a contractor and money management firms wanting state business.

Several of the convictions carry maximum sentences of 20 years. Rezko wouldn’t be expected to get that much time for a first offense but still would be looking at years in federal prison. Helping prosecutors could reduce the sentence.

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Palin Goes After Obama on Abortion

October 12, 2008

Dan Nephin of the AP reports:

 

Palin said she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain would be “defenders of the culture of life.” She opposes abortion in all cases except where the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life.

Alaska’s governor also touched upon common campaign themes during her speech to about 5,000 supporters in Johnstown, but she focused on children with special needs and then abortion. Palin, whose infant son, Trig, has Down syndrome, said she and McCain would make protecting such children a priority.

“Every child has something to contribute … if we give them that chance,” she said.

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Palin called Obama’s ideas and votes on abortion “radical.”

“In short, Sen. Obama is a politician who has long since left behind even the middle ground on the issue of life. He’s fighting with those who won’t protect a child born alive,” she said.

“A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate that we deserve and that we need on this issue of life – that’s OK, that debate – at both the state and federal level,” she said.

I love Palin so much. She needs to keep bringing up this issue.  A debate is necessary on the issue of abortion and it should be at the state level. The Roe v. Wade court improperly made this into a federal issue and while we have made significant inroads since then, with the help of Jane Roe among others.

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ACORN and Obama 12/1/2007

October 12, 2008

Maybe the messiah will just replace the cabinet with a council of community organizers. Thanks to hotair for the heads up.