Hastert Released from Prison After 13 Months
Former House Speaker served time for hush-money scheme to cover up sex abuse

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert served 13 months in a federal prison for covering up past sexual abuse of minors. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was released from a Minnesota prison after serving 13 months for a hush-money scheme he used to hide his past sexual abuse of minors.

Hastert, 75, is now either in a halfway house or in home confinement, The Chicago Sun Times reported Tuesday. His official release date had been scheduled for Aug. 16.

Cory Booker’s Mysterious Mission to Texas
New Jersey senator spent recent weekend visiting a private prison

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has been one of the leading voices of the congressional effort to overhaul the criminal justice system. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As most of his colleagues headed home last weekend, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker spent Friday night on a journey to the center of the country.

After flying from Washington to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Feb. 10, one of the rising stars in the Democratic Party sat unnoticed at a charging station, at the far end of Terminal B, where small regional jets arrive and depart.

Rep. Fattah’s Son Faces Five Years for Fraud

Rep. Chaka Fattah faces legal issues himself. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on 22 federal counts of bank and tax fraud.  

Fattah Jr., who uses the nickname, Chip, was found guilty in November of bank fraud, making false statements to banks to obtain loans and settle loans for less than what he owed, filing false federal income tax returns and failing to pay income tax. He also is guilty of wire fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. In addition to prison, the 34-year-old was ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in restitution by a Pennsylvania judge. In 2005, evidence showed that Fattah Jr. supplied fake earnings to local banks to receive business lines of credit for companies he operated with an associate, entitled 259 Strategies LLC and Chaka Fattah Jr. & Associates. He then used the money for personal expenses, such as gambling debts, his condominium and a car.