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Lawyer: Ex-Speaker Hastert Won't Appeal Conviction, Sentence



    Lawyer: Ex-Speaker Hastert Won't Appeal Conviction, Sentence
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    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Court House in a wheelchair after his sentencing on April 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victim's fund for breaking banking laws as he sought to pay a man identified only as Individual A, 14-years-old at the time, millions of dollars to keep quiet about past sexual abuse. The abuse occured during Hastert's years as wrestling coach at Yorkville High School decades ago. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

    Dennis Hastert's lead attorney says the former U.S. House speaker won't appeal his conviction or 15-month prison term in a hush-money case centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago.

    Thomas Green confirmed Thursday in an email to The Associated Press that his 74-year-old client won't appeal before the looming deadline.

    Judge Thomas Durkin branded the Republican "a serial child molester" at his April 27 sentencing, where Durkin imposed a punishment that went beyond federal guidelines.

    Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking law as he sought to pay $3.5 million to one victim to keep him quiet about the abuse.

    Durkin justified the tougher sentence by pointing to Hastert abusing at least four boys at Yorkville High.

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