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A Plea Deal Could Be Coming for Ex-Rep Charged with Child Porn

A Plea Deal Could Be Coming for Ex-Rep Charged with Child Porn

A lawyer for a former Illinois state representative charged with child pornography has told a federal judge his client is talking with prosecutors about a possible plea agreement. That word came Thursday at a status hearing in Chicago for Keith Farnham.

The 66-year-old Elgin Democrat has pleaded not guilty to possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography. A frail-looking Farnham stood in court Thursday clutching an oxygen tank. His attorneys say he’s suffering from bladder cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and hepatitis. Recently, the judge permitted Farnham to temporarily remove an electronic ankle bracelet so he could undergo a brain scan.

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