Plea Bargain Is Forecast To Resolve Hastert Banking-Law Indictment By | June 10, 2015 LikeTweet EmailPrint Some legal observers in Chicago believe that the case against former House speaker Dennis Hastert will end in a plea bargain, the Washington Post reports. Hastert entrered a not guilty plea to charges of trying to mask more than $950,000 in withdrawals from various accounts in violation of federal banking laws that require the disclosure of large cash transactions, and with lying to federal investigators. Hastert allegedly agreed to pay an unnamed person $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that person, reportedly sexual molestation of a male student. While Hastert is not charged with any sex-related crimes, he may not want a trial that examines his “prior misconduct.:” “I wouldn't want to go to trial, because what is [now] dirty laundry under the bed will no longer be under the bed,” said Richard Kling, a professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. “If I were he, I would want to get away from this building as quickly as I possibly could.” Terry Sullivan, a former Illinois state prosecutor now in criminal defense practice in Chicago, said that Hastert, in the course if defending himself against the banking charges, could deny engaging in any long-secret wrongdoing perhaps claiming the unnamed recipient wrongly accused him but he decided to pay anyway. “If all you have is your reputation, and you're 73, and you don't really need that money . . . it's still plausible to me,” Sullivan said.