Agent: Wiretap Request Misstated Informant RecordAgent 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.
Bribery Trial Starts For Rep. Derrick SmithOpening 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.
Opening Statements Given In Lawmaker's Bribery TrialDerrick 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.
Judge Won't Delay Lawmaker's Bribery TrialRep. 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.
Rep. Smith's Attorney: Taking Money Not Necessarily A Bribe“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.
Feds: Rep Derrick Smith Admitted He Screwed Up Over BribeIn 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.
Rep. Smith's Bribery Trial DelayedJudge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.
Candidate For Illinois House Sues Former Alderman For SlanderEddie 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.”