With Chicago politics back in the news, I was reminded of one of the weirder political facts of this decade and the last: Tony Rezko, longtime Obama friend and fundraiser, has been held at an undisclosed location while still
awaiting sentencing on charges he was convicted of way back in June 2008. A few months ago, I heard a rumor that he was being held at a federal facility in Wisconsin and that he was finally going to be sentenced on January 28, 2011. Then I didn`t hear anything more about it because who in the world would be interested in such a mundane topic as the disappearance of the President`s real estate adviser?
So I went and looked for news. I found that an NBC Chicago blog reported
on January 28, 2011:
Rezko is serving his time at a county jail in Wisconsin.
So, it`s not a federal jail in Wisconsin, it`s a county jail in Wisconsin. There are 72
counties in Wisconsin.
His lawyer said today that no matter the outcome of his ongoing efforts to obtain a new trial, Rezko remains prepared to testify against Blagojevich at his own retrial in April.
Judge St. Eve set Rezko`s sentencing for October 21.
So, just in case Rezko`s sentencing actually happens eight months from now, he will by then have served 39 months in an undisclosed facility between conviction and sentencing. That seems pretty odd.