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Judge OKs Hastert sentencing delay

A federal judge overseeing Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case has granted prosecutors’ request to delay the former U.S. House Speaker’s sentencing until the end of next month, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin has scheduled Hastert’s sentencing for April 27 at 10 a.m. at the Dirksen Federal Court building in Chicago. Objections in the case must be filed by April 8, according to the AP. Hastert’s sentencing was previously scheduled for April 8.

The AP also reported that a federal court transcript says that an alleged sex abuse victim could testify at the sentencing.

It’s the first time that the court has referenced sex abuse in the case.

Hastert, a Plano resident, pleaded guilty Oct. 28 to violating bank laws in seeking to pay someone $3.5 million in hush money.

Durkin agreed at a hearing in January to push sentencing back from Feb. 29 to April 8 after Hastert’s attorneys said the 74-year-old Republican had health problems.

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