Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert is “deeply sorry,” “overwhelmed by the guilt he feels,” and “prepared to accept the consequences” but want to be spared jail for his years-long sexual abuse of boys, followed by hush money payments.
The Republican’s lawyers didn’t quite acknowledge the accusations of sexual abuse of students while he was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois. However, they did highlight his achievements in a career that made "a difference in the lives of young people."
While Hastert technically faces a maximum penalty of five years, prosecutors have indicated they will recommend a sentence of no more than six months. His defense team wants probation.
“Mr. Hastert is deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting harm he caused to others,” the defense attorneys said. “Mr. Hastert’s fall from grace has been swift and devastating. Neither we as his lawyers, nor Mr. Hastert, have the present insight to understand and reconcile the unfortunate and harmful incidents he caused decades ago with the enduring achievements, leadership, and generosity that earned him extraordinary affection and respect throughout this country during his many years of public service.”
Apparently this "remorse" is enough of a payment for the crime.
Hastert originally pleaded not guilty, even after the sister of another purported sexual abuse victim came forward to tell her late brother’s story to ABC News.
As unbelievable as the plea sounds, it really shouldn’t be, keeping in mind the Republican’s stance on rape and other gender related issues.
The likes of Todd Akins, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio believe that if a woman is impregnated by a rapist, the government has the authority to force her to carry the pregnancy to term, regardless of her wishes.
Akins also went a step further when he claimed (and later apologized) that women having the magical ability to biologically end a pregnancy if the child is the product of "legitimate rape."
Paul Ryan thinks "forcible rape" is just "stock language."
Similarly, Tom Smith, a Pennsylvania Senate candidate from the same party, sparked a controversy in 2012 by comparing pregnancy caused by rape to "having a baby out of wedlock."