Good News, Barack: Rezko Sentencing Postponed

Oct. 28 date may have meant bad publicity for Obama
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 8, 2008 4:15 PM CDT
Seen in a courtroom sketch is Antoin "Tony" Rezko appearing before federal Judge Amy J. St. Eve at federal court in Chicago, Monday, March 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Verna Sadock)
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(Newser) – A federal judge has postponed political fund-raiser Tony Rezko’s October 28 sentencing indefinitely, potentially lightening Barack Obama's political load, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rezko has been linked to Obama, and his sentencing for improper financial dealings could have meant bad publicity just before the election. The delay is a strong sign that Rezko is offering the government information on Illinois political corruption, the AP notes.

Rezko’s lawyers asked for the delay in order to “work together to agree to otherwise narrow differences at sentencing,” one said. Talks between the government and Rezko’s legal team are set to resume in December.