Rezko Says He Has Served His Time
By Samantha Abernethy in News on Nov 3, 2011 10:15PM
Former Rod Blagojevich adviser and fundraiser Tony Rezko will ask a judge to sentence him to time served during his sentencing hearing later this month. Rezko has served 44 months at a Wisconsin prison, since he was convicted on 16 of 24 counts in June 2008. In the argument, Rezko lays the blame on Blagojevich for turning him corrupt. The Sun-Times writes:
“The underlying motivation for Mr. Rezko’s political activities was never ideology, greed, or the desire for power,” the filing says. “Rather, Mr. Rezko was genuinely fascinated by the notion that a poor young immigrant like himself could participate in the political process, influence politicians, and impact policy. To Mr. Rezko, the idea that a black man could be elected mayor of Chicago, or that a man named Blagojevich could be considered a presidential candidate, was proof of the greatness of America’s political system.”Well, that is the American way, Mr. Rezko.