This type of miraculous narrative of how a child abuser suddenly became a good man once getting into office would be bad enough if the media was reporting in good faith and didn’t have any information on his nefarious activities in office.
by James Corbett
The International Forecaster
Calling him a “serial child molester” and his actions “unconscionable,” Judge Thomas Durkin sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for his abuse of four male wrestlers under his tutelage at Yorkville High School in Illinois over 30 years ago.
[…] The sentence is remarkable in many ways. As Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, Hastert was second in line to the presidency after the Vice President, making him one of the highest ranking office holders in the history of the United States ever to be put in prison. Not only that, but the 15 month prison far exceeds the federal guidelines of probation to six months for the banking violations of which he has been convicted. And Judge Durkin’s statements during sentencing leave no room for ambiguity about Hastert, his actions, or his legacy. He will forever be remembered as a convicted sex offender, a rapist and a child molester.
But it is not enough. Not nearly enough.
To people like Sibel Edmonds, the FBI whistleblower who has been trying to get the media to investigate the story of Hastert’s child sex abuse since he actually was the Speaker of the House, it may be a form of vindication, but it’s a hollow one to be sure.