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Judge Gives Dennis Hastert Lawyers More Time for Pre-Trial Motions



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    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois delivers remarks during the unveiling ceremony of his portrait at the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2009, in Washington, DC. Hastert is the longest serving Republican speaker from 1999-2007.

    A federal judge has given lawyers for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert more time to file pre-trial motions in his hush-money case.

    Attorneys for the Illinois Republican and federal prosecutors filed a joint motion Thursday asking for a two-week extension of Monday's filing deadline.

    The two sides say they've been discussing issues Hastert's lawyers may raise. They say the extension may give them time to address those issues so the motions won't be necessary.

    U. S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin granted the motion Friday without comment.

    Hastert allegedly agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone identified only as "Individual A" to hide misconduct. The Associated Press and other media, citing anonymous sources, have reported the payments were intended to conceal decades-old claims of sexual misconduct.

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