Judge Thomas M. Durkin came down hard on Dennis Hastert, giving the former U.S. House speaker more prison time than prosecutors requested for financial crimes related to Hastert's sexual abuse of a former student.
Yet in a way, the judge pointed out, Hastert got off easy.
"Because the statute of limitations for your child molestation ran out many years ago, you can't be charged for that," Durkin said during sentencing. "And I can't sentence you as a child molester. It's not what you were charged with, it's not what you've pled guilty to, and any sentence I give you today will pale in comparison to what you would have faced in state court."