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Lawyer: Ex-Speaker Hastert won't appeal conviction, sentence

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will not appeal his conviction or 15-month prison sentence in a hush-money case that centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago, his lead attorney said Thursday.

That means the next step for the Illinois Republican is to report to prison.

Asked whether his 74-year-old client would appeal his conviction or sentence — or any other aspect of the case — attorney Thomas Green responded in an email to The Associated Press: "No." The deadline to file an appeal is the end of this week.

As part of a plea deal, Hastert pleaded guilty last October not to...

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