Rep. Derrick Smith
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.
“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.
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.
Eddie Winters, a candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives 10th District seat, filed the suit against former Alderman Ed Smith (28th), claiming Smith referred to him as a “wife-beater” who “failed to pay child support and leaves his kids starving.”
It’s a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in Springfield.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said Saturday he hopes state lawmakers find a way to oust Derrick Smith from the Illinois House again, after he was re-elected despite being ousted by his colleagues over his bribery indictment.
A Republican state lawmaker says he can’t believe Derrick Smith was able to win back his seat in the Illinois House, even though he’s been indicted for bribery, and he wants his colleagues in the legislature to find a way to expel Smith from the House a second time.
Fresh off regaining his seat in the Illinois House on Tuesday, Derrick Smith starred in a wild episode of Chicago-style politics Thursday morning, claiming himself to be “a new man,” and slamming Democratic Party leaders who tried to stop his bid to get back to Springfield.
Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) says he will do everything he can to prevent Rep. Derrick Smith from being reelected.
The Illinois House has a new member.
A vote is coming Friday that could expel Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) from the General Assembly.
Indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) will find out next month if he’ll be kicked out of the Illinois House for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe, but even if he is, that doesn’t mean he won’t be back.