Dennis Hastert

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Two national T.V. reporters won’t face sanctions for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month.

The verdict came after their attorneys apologized to a judge.

According to court documents, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago accepted apologies from attorneys representing Brian Ross of ABC News and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC Nightly News during a closed-door meeting last week. The judge dismissed contempt filings.

A lawyer for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says media reports of alleged past misconduct have severely complicated the hush-money case.

Attorney Thomas Green told a federal judge during a Tuesday status hearing that the allegations are "an 800-pound gorilla'' in the room.

A judge has approved prosecutors' request to keep some evidence against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert secret.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin granted the motion for a protective order Monday. It says any discovery the U.S. Attorney's Office provides Hastert's attorneys may not be disclosed to anyone not involved in the case, even after the proceedings end. 

Prosecutors argued disclosing the information ``could adversely affect law enforcement interests and the privacy interests of third parties.'' They say lawyers for the Hastert agreed with the request. 

Hastert Pleads Not Guilty In Hush-Money Case

Jun 9, 2015

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's brief appearance in federal court Tuesday did little to answer a long list of legal questions about the case against him, and even created some new ones.

Dennis Hastert Indicted, Accused Of Lying To FBI

May 28, 2015

Federal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. 

A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says the 73-year-old Illinois Republican is accused of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He's also accused of lying to the FBI.  

Hastert And Lipinski Discuss Election

Nov 9, 2012

Two former Congressman from northern Illinois held a political discussion Thursday night. Dennis Hastert and Bill Lipinski offered their thought's on this week's election.