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Rezko asks judge to move up trial

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Rezko leaves the federal building in Chicago, Oct. 19, 2006, after his arraignment.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rezko leaves the federal building in Chicago, Oct. 19, 2006, after his arraignment. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (AP Photo / (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))

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Indicted political fundraiser Tony Rezko wants his fraud trial to begin earlier than scheduled.

On Monday a federal judge revoked bond and sent Rezko to jail. Judge Amy St. Eve decided his financial dealings suggested he might flee to avoid going to jail.

Rezko's accused of shaking down money management companies wanting to invest state pension funds.

His trial is set to begin February 25th. But, Rezko's lawyer told the judge Thursday his client would like the trial to begin sooner. However, the judge said that wasn't possible.

Rezko raised thousands of dollars for Senator Barack Obama and Governor Rod Blagojevich.


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