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LAW CASE DECISIONS:

Hastert Judge Delivered Verbal Equivalent of Public Flogging

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Hastert Judge Delivered Verbal Equivalent of Public Flogging

By Michael Tarm?

Associated Press (AP)

April 28 at 2:38 AM

Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/
former-speaker-hastert-sentenced-to-more-than-year-in-prison/
2016/04/27/2e58fde6-0ceb-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_story.html

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CHICAGO When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speakers hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.

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Before imposing the 15-month sentence, a far stiffer sentence than federal guidelines suggested, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin spent nearly an hour Wednesday rebuking the 74-year-old Republican for sexually abusing high school athletes decades ago, when he was a wrestling coach.

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Hastert, the nations longest-serving GOP speaker who for eight years was second in the line of succession to the presidency, sat almost frozen in a wheelchair, his head slightly bowed as he peered over his eyeglasses.

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The judge drew special attention to the lies Hastert told federal investigators last year in a desperate bid to keep his dark secret hidden. And he portrayed Hasterts fall from grace as traumatic, not only for his victims and their families, but for the country.

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Nothing is more stunning than to have the words serial child molester and speaker of the House in the same sentence.

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As he adjourned the two-hour hearing, Durkin added: I hope I never see a case like this again.

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Had it not been for the statute of limitations on sex crimes running out long ago, the judge said, Hastert could well have been convicted of sexually abusing children. In that circumstance, he would probably have gone to prison for decades.

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The judge did not say where Hastert would serve time when he reports later this year, but he cited one possibility a prison in the Rochester, Minnesota, area, that already has many child molesters. In such a place, the judge said, Hastert would be less likely to be singled out by other inmates.

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Defense attorney Thomas Green sought probation, saying Hastert had already paid an enormous toll in public shame. Defense attorneys had previously noted how Hasterts portrait had been taken down from a Capitol Hill hallway shortly after his May 2015 indictment.

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Losing your good name is a punishment, Durkin said. And Hasterts name has been obliterated. But taking down a portrait from a place of honor is not comparable to the devastation endured by someone who is sexually abused as a child.


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