Disgusting. Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert wants probation, of course, yet he still refuses to admit what he’s done.
Ten months after the feds shattered Dennis Hastert’s legacy with a devastating indictment, lawyers for the once-powerful Republican said he is “deeply sorry,” “overwhelmed by the guilt he feels,” and “prepared to accept the consequences.”
Then they asked a judge not to send the former U.S. House speaker to prison.
“Despite his mistakes in judgment and his transgressions, for which he is profoundly sorry, we implore this court, in imposing sentence, to consider the entirety of Mr. Hastert’s life,” Thomas Green, one of Hastert’s lawyers, wrote in a highly anticipated court filing Wednesday that sought probation.
Hastert’s legal team made the plea for mercy in a nine-page sentencing memo, noting Hastert’s “fall from grace has been swift and devastating.” It also, for the first time, both apologized for Hastert’s conduct and described the calamitous effect of his prosecution on the former speaker, his family and his reputation.
However, references to “unfortunate and harmful incidents,” “transgressions” and “misconduct” are as close as Hastert’s lawyers came to acknowledging the alleged sexual abuse underlying his case.
In the meantime… Chicago Tribune: Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say
For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach.
But now, a Tribune investigation has uncovered new details of the case — at least four people have made what law enforcement sources say are credible allegations of sexual abuse against Hastert.
The Tribune has determined the identities of three of them, all men, whose allegations stretch over a decade when they were teenagers and Hastert was their coach. One is dead. The Tribune has approached the other two — described in federal court records as Individuals A and D — and confirmed their roles in the case.
When I say we’ve been sending our worst to Washington, DC, I wasn’t kidding. And it’s been going on for a long, long time.