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Judge gives attorneys more time for depositions in Hastert lawsuit

Attorney Kristi Browne (left), representing James Doe, and attorney John Ellis, representing former Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Plano, meet with Judge Robert Pilmer (not pictured) on Sept. 25 at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.
Attorney Kristi Browne (left), representing James Doe, and attorney John Ellis, representing former Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Plano, meet with Judge Robert Pilmer (not pictured) on Sept. 25 at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

A Kendall County judge has given attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit against former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert more time to finish up depositions in the case.

Attorney Kristi Browne, representing James Doe — also a former student of Hastert’s whose $3.5 million hush money arrangement with the former speaker for keeping sex allegations against Hastert a secret ultimately led to federal criminal banking charges against the Plano Republican — and John Ellis, representing Hastert, appeared before Judge Robert Pilmer on Tuesday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

James Doe is suing Hastert on a breach of contract charge, saying that Hastert paid him only a portion of the agreed-upon amount.

The two attorneys have been deposing witnesses, including Hastert, throughout the summer. Both attorneys told Pilmer they thought they would have the depositions wrapped up by Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Pilmer agreed to allow them the extension. Another court date was set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the courthouse in Yorkville.

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