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Dennis Hastert in hospital after stroke; health woes may affect sentencing

Dennis Hastert in hospital after stroke; health woes may affect sentencing

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized since shortly after pleading guilty in Chicago to making hush-money payments to hide wrongdoing in his past, his lawyer confirmed Thursday.

Hastert, 73, was admitted to an undisclosed hospital "during the first week of November," attorney Thomas Green said in a statement. The former speaker had suffered a stroke, received treatment for sepsis, a blood infection, and undergone two surgeries on his back, Green said.

"We are hopeful that Mr. Hastert will be released from the hospital in the early part of the new year," Green said.

Green did not return calls or emails...

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