|Hastert outside Dirksen Federal Building (Sun-Times Photo)|
UPDATE: Here's the U.S. Attorney's statement on today's plea agreement:
This morning, JOHN DENNIS HASTERT, 73, of Plano, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of illegally structuring cash withdrawals in order to evade financial reporting requirements. The Honorable U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled a sentencing hearing for February 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois issued this statement following the guilty plea:
“Now that Mr. Hastert has pled guilty, and the Court has accepted his guilty plea, the case will proceed to sentencing. As part of the sentencing process in this case, as in all cases, we will provide the Court with relevant information about the defendant’s background and the charged offenses, and the defendant will have an opportunity to do the same, so that the Court can impose an appropriate sentence taking into account all relevant factors in the case. We have no further comment about the matter at this time.”And it looks like the public will have to look elsewhere to find out the information behind today's plea agreement since Hastert was not required to state the purpose for evading financial reporting requirements. A copy of the plea agreement can be viewed by clicking here.