Vrdolyak attorneys petition to get him released from prison due to his age and COVID-19

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Attorneys for former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak are petitioning to get him released from prison early because of his age and concerns over COVID-19.

The coronavirus was the reason Vrdolyak didn’t enter a federal prison until six weeks ago.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow had said in 2020 he wouldn’t send the ex-alderman during COVID-19. The Chicago Tribune reported defense attorneys were saying the now 84-year-old has dementia and is at significant risk for illness and almost certainly death if he gets COVID-19.

They’re asking Dow to reduce Vrdolyak’s 18-month sentence for tax evasion to time served or transfer him to home confinement. The emergency motion said the man known as “Fast Eddie” suffered harrowing and emotional turmoil during solitary confinement.