U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin granted a motion for a protective order that would allow some of the evidence in the Dennis Hastert case to remain under wraps. As a result of the judge's approval, any information unearthed in the discovery process by the U.S. Attorney's Office would be kept secret out of the hands of anyone not involved with the case during the court process and afterwards.
Prosecutors in the case, who filed the motion, said the information "could adversely affect law enforcement interests and the privacy interests of third parties." Hastert's defense attorneys agreed with the motion.
Hastert, 73, was indicted last month for allegedly paying an individual hush money for their silence on his previous sexual misconduct. The former congressman is also charged with lying to the FBI about the purpose of his cash withdrawals, which were made to pay off the alleged victim.
A hearing in the case will be held Thursday, but Hastert is not required to attend.