Article updated: 10/3/2013 6:20 PM

TV pitchman may avoid jail due to government shutdown

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A television pitchman accused of misleading viewers about his weight-loss books during his late-night infomercials could avoid jail -- for now -- because of the partial federal government shutdown. A judge in Chicago was set to decide Friday whether to jail Kevin Trudeau, 50, for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment. But the court agreed to delay the hearing after Federal Trade Commission attorneys said they weren't getting paid.
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