Dennis Hastert To Appear In A Chicago Courthouse For Arraignment

June 9, 2015

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will make an appearance at a federal courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements and lying to the FBI about it.

For those who don’t remember: Hastert was indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury back in May. The U.S. attorney’s office alleged that Hastert paid $3.5 million to a person identified as Individual A to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A.”

Further reporting has revealed that the payments were tied to allegations that Hastert sexually abused Individual A when Hastert was a high school teacher and a wrestling coach.

Today’s arraignment would mark Hastert’s first public appearance since the charges became public. But, as the Chicago Tribune reports, don’t expect to learn much:

“At his arraignment Tuesday, Hastert, like hundreds of other defendants each year at Chicago’s federal courthouse, will likely waive a formal reading of the indictment and enter a plea to the charges — probably through his attorney. His plea starts the legal clock ticking toward trial.

“After the judge informs him of the maximum penalties against him if convicted — up to five years in prison on each of the two counts — Hastert will likely be told the obligations he has while on bond awaiting trial. Typically, he would be required to notify the court of any travel outside northern Illinois and barred from possessing any firearms as well as other routine restrictions. He may also be required to surrender his passport.

“Hastert will also be processed Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals office on the 24th floor of the courthouse, a procedure that can sometimes take up to two hours. Hastert will be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed by pretrial services before being released on his own recognizance. Unlike in state court, his mug shot will not be made public.”

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