Obama fundraiser Rezko gets 10 1/2 years

But you'd never know that from reading the story in the Chicago Tribune. The name "Barack Obama" appears nowhere in this story reporting on the sentence received by one of the key figures in Obama's life - a man who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his state senate and US senate runs, who introduced him to movers and shakers in the shadowy world of big money real estate wheelers and dealers, and who befriended him on numerous occassions, including the favor he did him when he purchased the lot next door to his current home. Will anyone even ask Obama for a statement on the fate that has befallen his former friend? You defrauded the people of Illinois, you engaged in extensive corruption throughout the state of Illinois," the judge said, adding that she hoped other politicians would take note of the penalty for corruption. "This sentence must send a message that enough is enough," she said. Rezko asked St. Eve for mercy and apologized to the court, his friends and family....(Read Full Post)

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