Former State Rep. Derrick Smith Gets 5 Months For Taking BribeFormer Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith was sentenced to five months in prison on Thursday for pocketing a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting from a purported day care in return for his backing of a state grant application.
Former Rep. Derrick Smith To Be Sentenced For BriberyLawyers for former state Rep. Derrick Smith want a federal judge Thursday to spare him prison time. Prosecutors want the 51-year-old Chicago Democrat imprisoned for around five years.
Ex-Rep. Farnham Gets 8 Years For Child PornographyU.S. District Judge Edmond Chang also ordered former state Rep. Keith Farnham to begin serving that prison term in two months, denying his attorneys request to allow him to stay on house arrest and die at home.
Former State Rep. Farnham To Be Sentenced For Child PornographyA federal judge faces questions about terminal illness and just punishment when he sentences a former Illinois lawmaker for compiling and trading hundreds of pornographic images online of toddlers and other children.
Judge Agrees To Move Ex-Illinois Legislator's SentencingA judge in Keith Farnham's child pornography case is taking the rare step of moving the ex-Illinois lawmaker's sentencing from Chicago's federal courthouse to a venue closer to the Democrat's suburban home.
Defense: Ex-Lawmaker Was Sexually Abused As A ChldThursday's filing asks a federal judge to impose the minimum prison sentence on former state Rep. Keith Farnham. The Elgin Democrat faces between five and 20 years for transporting child pornography. Sentencing is scheduled for March 19.
Judge Won't Delay Sentencing For Ailing Ex-Lawmaker Charged In Child Porn CaseJudge Edmond Chang says in an order filed Friday that the Democrat seems "physically capable" of attending the hearing. He adds there are "victim interests at stake" in sticking to the March 19 sentencing date.
Feds: Sentencing Of Ex-Rep Farnham Shouldn't Be DelayedProsecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to go ahead with the sentencing of former Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham on a child pornography conviction despite illness that could soon take his life.
Feds Seek 5 Years For Former State Rep. Derrick Smith On Bribery ChargeHe called cash bribes “cheddar.” Now former State Rep. Derrick Smith is probably going to have to eat some hard cheese. Maybe five years of it in federal prison.
Feds Seek Up To 5 Years In Prison For Former Rep. Derrick SmithWhen former West Side state Rep. Derrick Smith was arrested in 2012 for accepting a $7,000 bribe, he swore to the FBI that he “did it for the people.” That’s the same reasoning federal prosecutors used Monday, asking that Smith receive a “a significant period of imprisonment” that “vindicates his constituents.”
Ex-Lawmaker Farnham Pleads Guilty To Child Porn ChargeFormer Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Friday, after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Farnham Discussing Possible Plea Deal On Child Porn ChargesA lawyer for a former Illinois state representative charged with child pornography has told a federal judge his client is talking with prosecutors about a possible plea agreement.
Former Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty To New Child Porn ChargesKeith Farnham entered the plea Tuesday at a federal courthouse in Chicago. A federal grand jury returned an indictment last month charging the 66-year-old Elgin Democrat with possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography.