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11/04/2011 03:57 pm ET Updated Jan 04, 2012

Rezko Wants Out Of Jail, Says He Was 'Shocked' By Blagojevich Request

In court papers asking a judge to free him from jail later this month rather than having to do more time, convicted political fund-raiser Tony Rezko said that after spending 20 years in Chicago politics, he was still taken aback by a request that allegedly came from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"Mr. Rezko was shocked that Blagojevich explicitly directed him to work with [adviser] Chris Kelly to find ways for Blagojevich, [adviser Lon] Monk, Kelly and Rezko to make money through state action," Rezko's filing on sentencing said. "When Mr. Rezko stepped across the proverbial line, he did so at the direction of Rod Blagojevich."

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