A Chicago man has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against the city’s former red light camera vendor, claiming the company should provide approximately $100 million in refunds to motorists caught by the cameras, because it only got the contract through bribery.
Following approximately 4 hours of deliberations, a federal jury has convicted state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery and extortion charges.
A lawyer for an Illinois lawmaker accused of taking a bribe has told jurors during closing arguments that his client was “set up” by a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant.
Attorneys for an Illinois legislator on trial for bribery suggested during cross-examination of an FBI agent that their client was entrapped by a government informant and federal investigators.
Jurors at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial have heard a secret FBI recording in which the Chicago Democrat appears to accept a $7,000 bribe — counted out in seven, $1,000 stacks.
Agent Ryan McDonald testified Friday at state Rep. Derrick Smith’s trial. McDonald says the application for a wiretap indicated the campaign worker-turned-informant had one arrest. He actually had 22.
Opening statements Thursday at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial focused on a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant, referred to in court only by a first name, Pete, who secretly recorded state Rep. Derrick Smith allegedly seeking a $7,000 bribe.
Derrick Smith, 50, is accused of taking $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter supporting a day care center’s application for a state grant.
Rep. Derrick Smith is a Chicago Democrat who’s charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28, but the Legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until May 31.
A former city official has been arrested for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to steer $124 million worth of red light camera contracts to a company that has since been booted from the program.
Millionaires Jowhar Soultanali, 58, of north suburban Morton Grove, and his son Kabir Kassam, 34, of northwest suburban Wheeling, were charged last week with bribing public officials with cash, Caribbean cruises and strip club visits.
“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.
In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – – – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said the 51-month sentence “will send a message to the public that corruption does not pay and that there are significant consequences,”
A former death row inmate who was cleared of a double homicide in a re-trial five years ago was denied his “certificate of innocence” Tuesday after a judge issued a lengthy ruling doubting his credibility.
Curtis V. Thompson Jr., chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins, has been charged with taking a $7,500 bribe to help fix an alcohol license application.
“There were so many schemes, over so long a period of time,” Judge Gary Feinerman said in handing down the sentence on Tuesday. “The conduct was so brazen. It was not an aberration. It was standard operating procedure.”
A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.
U.S. District Judge John Tharp gave the disgraced politician the additional 30 months in prison for paying a bribe to seal a dirty deal to win medical contracts from Los Angeles County.