Former House Speaker Hastert seeks sentencing delay due to poor health

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert exits after an appearance in federal court in ChicagoFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted last year of a financial crime, asked on Friday for a delay in his sentencing due to poor health. Hastert pleaded guilty in October to a federal charge of “structuring” – evading bank reporting rules by withdrawing large amounts of cash in smaller increments – in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct. The lawyers have not been able to meet with Hastert to prepare for the scheduled Feb. 29 sentencing due to his health problems, the motion said.

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