CHICAGO, April 30 (UPI) -- A top aide to ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Friday pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges for the second time.
Alonzo "Lon" Monk, 51, admitted conspiring to solicit a campaign contribution from a businessman in the horse-racing industry in exchange for signed legislation.
Prosecutors sought a superceding indictment in the case, necessitating the court appearance, to forestall a possible future U.S. Supreme Court decision on the federal fraud statute dealing with "honest services," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Monk had pleaded guilty to similar charges in October and agreed to a two-year prison term.
Blagojevich is to go on trial June 3 on a variety of charges, including allegedly trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Monk has agreed to testify, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Blagojevich has subpoenaed Obama and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois' senior senator, for the trial.