Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert sentencing hearing postponed, again

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CHICAGO — A filing in Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case confirms prosecutors intend to call at least one witness at the former U.S. House speaker’s sentencing.

An order posted Wednesday by the presiding judge doesn’t identify that witness. The same order also delays sentencing to April 27, citing witness availability for the previous April 8 date.

The order also indicates a hearing was held Tuesday on those issues without prior public notice.

Secrecy has surrounded the case since it began in June.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating bank laws in seeking to pay $3.5 million in hush money to someone referred to in the indictment only as “Individual A.” Prosecutors have spoken before about giving victims closure but never identified any.

Several new pre-sentencing documents are also sealed, including a supplemental plea agreement.

Meanwhile, this is the second time Hastert’s sentencing hearing has been postponed. The first time, Hastert’s attorneys asked for a delay because of his recent hospitalization for a stroke and spinal and blood infections.

Hastert faces up to six months in prison.

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