We had a school shooting here years ago. A 15-year-old undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic killed his parents, spent the night in the house with their bodies, then went to school in the morning where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria. In jail, they pumped him full of anti-psychotic medication. But the district attorney insisted that he was perfectly sane. They convicted him of murder and the surviving victims celebrated outside the courthouse oblivious to the fact that they had just been cheated out of compensation. If the kid had been ruled insane, they could have filed claims and collected on his parents' home owner's insurance. Since insurance doesn't cover intentional acts, they got nothing.
And now we have Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, once second in line for the presidency.
It turns out that if you withdraw more than $10,000 at a time from the bank, the bank has to report you to the government. And, Hastert learned, if you withdraw $9,000 at a time, they'll report you for evading being reported by NOT withdrawing $10,000.
The FBI asked him what he needed all that cash for. He told them he didn't trust banks. The FBI arrested him for lying because he was actually using the money to pay off a young fellow he molested when he was a high school wrestling coach decades earlier.
The prosecutor wrote:
"He made them
feel alone, ashamed, guilty and devoid of dignity. While defendant
achieved great success, reaping all the benefits that went with it,
these boys struggled, and all are still struggling now with what
defendant did to them."
So how did the prosecutor help them? By revealing the crimes Hastert was paying to cover up, thus denying them any further compensation. The statute of limitations is long expired. They can't sue him now. The money he was paying them was all they were going to get and the prosecutor put a stop to that while pretending to sympathize with them.
They can't even sell their story to the Enquirer now that the prosecutors have revealed the details.