Dennis Hastert 1978-79

Dennis Hastert during the 78-79 school year at Yorkville H.S. (My Y-Hi photo)

Judge Robert Pilmer on Friday ordered that the James Doe vs. Dennis Hastert trial be postponed until September 20, with jury selection set for September 15.  The lawsuit has been in the courts since April of 2016.

Doe is suing Hastert, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, for $1.8 million, claiming Hastert violated a verbal agreement to pay him $3 million.  Hastert paid Doe $1.7 million.

The payments were in exchange for Doe's silence about sexual abuse he suffered from Hastert when Doe was a student at Yorkville H.S. in the late 70's.  Hastert taught and coached at Yorkville H.S, when Doe was a student there.

Hastert paid Doe the $1.7 million between 2010 and 2014.

In court on Friday, Judge Pilmer wanted to set the trial date for July, but Hastert attorney John Ellis had a conflict. Doe attorney Kristi Browne had a conflict in August, which resulted in the judge moving the trial to September. 

Judge Pilmer said on Friday that he expects to screen more jurors than normal because Hastert is known by so many people in Kendall County.

Judge Pilmer wants the attorneys in court on June 25 to discuss the jury selection process.

The judge also was concerned with the potential length of the trial.

Judge Pilmer ordered that Hastert's attorney Ellis complete the two remaining depositions by July 31.

Hastert is counter suing Doe for the $1.7 million Hastert paid Doe, claiming that Doe violated the verbal contract between the two.