Judge Robert Pilmer heard summary judgment arguments from both sides Friday in the $1.8 million lawsuit filed against former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert by one of his former Yorkville H.S. wrestlers, who is known as James Doe in court documents.
A summary judgment is when a judge rules on the arguments in a case before trial. Both sides have filed summary judgments.
The two-hour hearing took place in the Kendall Co. Courthouse in Yorkville.
James Doe claims that Hastert owes him $1.8 million of a promised $3.5 million in hush money to cover up sexual abuse when Hastert taught at Yorkville H.S. between 1965 and 1981. Hastert paid Doe $1.7 million between 2010 and 2014.
In court on Friday, Doe's attorney Peter Evans, argued that Doe did not violate the verbal contract when he told his wife, his father, his brother, his wife's sister's husband and his therapist about the sexual abuse and the hush money payments.
Judge Pilmer questioned Evans about the confidentiality issue.
Hastert came under FBI scrutiny when he was withdrawing large amounts of cash from area banks in order to make payments to Doe.
Judge Pilmer also questioned Hastert attorney John Ellis about the plea agreement in Hastert's criminal trial for Currency Structuring and Hastert's admission that he promised Doe the $3.5 million.
Following the hearing, Doe's attorney Evans summed up his argument.
Hastert's attorney Ellis did not speak to reporters following the hearing.
Judge Pilmer said he would hand down opinions on the two motions for summary judgment and on a legal fees sanctions motion by Hastert's attorney by July 31.
September 18 is listed as the date for trial setting, with the trial expected to begin on Sept. 23.
Doe's attorney Kristi Browne said following Friday's hearing that if there is no summary judgment in the lawsuit, she expects the suit to go to trial.
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