CHICAGO (CBS) — One of state Rep. Derrick Smith’s attorneys offered a rather unusual defense on Wednesday against allegations the West Side lawmaker accepted a $7,000 bribe from a daycare operator seeking a state grant.
“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday. “President Obama and Governor Romney accepted millions of dollars. They were not bribes.”
WBBM Newsradio’s Veronica Carter reports Smith was arrested in March 2012, accused of accepting a $7,000 cash bribe from a federal informant posing as a daycare center operator who was seeking Smith’s help securing a $50,000 state grant.