Judge Releases Tony Rezko on Bail

Bump and Update: There is joy in the Tony Rezko household tonight. The Judge ordered him released on bail, with a condition of home confinement.


Tony Rezko's friends and family have put together $8 million for his bail. The Judge has said she will rule today on whether she will grant him bail with a condition of home confinement.

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    Maybe they should donate that 8mm (5.00 / 5) (#1)
    by Kathy on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:36:33 AM EST
    to some of the folks who are living in squalor in the slums Rezko abandoned.

    Knew you would be here (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Stellaaa on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 11:05:32 AM EST
    8 million...poof just like that.  Wonder were all those developer fees went from the affordable housing, it was about 5-6 million that he pocketed.  

    I think he used to to pay the heating bills (4.00 / 0) (#12)
    by Kathy on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 01:30:33 PM EST
    Or clean up the garbage.  Or to host some fundraisers.  I forget which, but Obama barely knew "that individual," so what does it matter?  Look!  A butterfly!

    I wonder if he will make a deal (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by madamab on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:50:03 AM EST
    a la Jack Abramoff?

    Since he appears to have been quite the player in Chicago politics, this could get very interesting.

    8 Mill? (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Fabian on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:50:39 AM EST
    Wow.  Is he considered a flight risk?

    I shouldn't talk.  A local man has a five million dollar bail.  Here's what he allegedly did.  Too high?  As long as it keeps him behind bars until he's tried, it's alright with me.

    wow (none / 0) (#10)
    by sickofhypocrisy on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 11:46:51 AM EST
    what a wacko.  she must have been terrified.

    A happier ending (none / 0) (#11)
    by Fabian on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 12:49:05 PM EST
    than it might have been.

    I'm sure the bail is high to keep him away from her.  Too many abusers are loose with nothing more than a restraining order, if that.

    In other news, a teenager who accidentally shot his friend in the head got six years for it.  He didn't know if the gun was loaded, but he cocked it, put it to his friend's head and pulled the trigger.  What's that gun rule?  "Always treat a gun as if it is loaded."

    Eh, better than my high school classmates.  They were playing with a rifle, loading and unloading it and seeing who could do it faster.  One accidentally and fatally gut shot his best friend with a deer slug.  

    Never let anyone tell you the country is safer than the city - I've got a handful of gruesome stories about kids dying.  


    please stay on topic (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:42:26 PM EST

    Sorry. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Fabian on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 06:54:18 PM EST
    Thanks, Jeralyn.

    Not a lawyer, but isn't that high? (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Maria Garcia on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:52:51 AM EST
    Is that the reason they are trying to post bail now because its so high and they just managed to put the money together?

    With his international contacts (5.00 / 5) (#6)
    by Kathy on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:56:02 AM EST
    including a buddy who was convicted in France of bad doings, but seems to be able to fly into and out of the US with a little help from his friends, I suppose Rezko is considered a high flight risk.

    When your associates put up 8 mill. (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Fabian on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 11:26:11 AM EST
    I'm thinking that you'd best be able to pay them back, with interest, if you decide to flee.

    It may also be their way of keeping Rezko loyal.  I'm speculating too much.  I'm sure they are doing it because he's a great guy and a good friend....


    I see so many of these self important people (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by BarnBabe on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 11:30:23 AM EST
    All get in trouble. There is a long line of Lays and Abramoffs in the world. They just keep popping up like Whack a moles. This one is ugly because so many poor people suffered while he lived the life of luxury off their backs. I know he is not on trial for being a slum lord, but I wish he was. $8 mil does seem excessive but I suspect at that amount, the judge might allow it.  

    Alas (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Kathy on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:40:44 PM EST
    if only he'd been confined to some of the slums he created.  Hey, wasn't that a movie?

    How Much Did Obama Contribute? (2.00 / 1) (#13)
    by PssttCmere08 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:36:42 PM EST

    I would think he would want to stay on Rezko's good side.

    If they let him out (none / 0) (#4)
    by myiq2xu on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:51:16 AM EST
    I'm guessing he'll take leg bail.

    Please refrain (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:37:35 PM EST
    from unsubstantiated and false allegations and personal attacks on Barack Obama or Tony Rezko. Rezko is innocent until proven guilty.

    I just deleted 2 (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:38:18 PM EST
    before writing the above comment, so if you're looking for them, they are no longer here.

    High bail (none / 0) (#19)
    by diogenes on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 10:59:54 PM EST
    The judge must have been thinking of Marc Rich when she set that bail.