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Facing prison Monday, ex-County Commissioner Beavers asks for delay

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers

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Updated: December 30, 2013 12:03PM

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers has made a last-ditch plea to delay his six-month prison term, urging federal appeals court judges to allow him to remain free until they’ve ruled on his case.

Beavers, 78, is due to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on Monday to begin serving time for tax fraud.

But his lawyers say that he’ll likely have completed his short sentence by the time the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rules on his conviction.

“To execute a six-month sentence on a 78-year-old man with no prior history when the appeal will not yet be resolved by the time of completion would be unjust and contrary to the law,” Beavers’ attorneys argue in court papers filed Wednesday.

Since the court is closed through the Thanksgiving holiday, they’ve also asked the justices to give Beavers a few more days to report to prison, while his request for a longer delay is considered.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel this week rejected an almost identical request from Beavers. Zagel sentenced Beavers after a jury convicted him of failing to pay taxes on thousands of dollars he took from his political campaign fund and spent on losing gambling sprees.


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