State Rep. Derrick Smith found guilty in bribery case

State Representative Derrick Smith has been found guilty on all counts in his bribery case.

Smith accepted what he thought was a $7,000 cash bribe from a daycare, but in actuality he had become ensnared in a FBI sting operation.

Derrick Smith and his defense team had hoped to avoid the conviction. They tried to discredit the FBI informant who wore the wire and recorded secret conversations.

Defense lawyers pointed to the informant’s felony conviction arguing that he had manipulated both investigators and Derrick Smith, essentially in trapping the state legislator.

But, prosecutors painted a different picture saying Smith betrayed the public trust, and the fact that he did so with an informant with a questionable past doesn’t absolve him of taking the money.

After getting arrested by the FBI, Smith reportedly admitted to the investigators that he had messed up.

He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the bribery charge, and maximum of 20 years on the extortion charge.

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4 comments

  • Jeff

    $7000 are you serious you have Politian's in this state that have stole millions. This case is a joke lock up the real criminals not a token patsy yes man like this. H3ll Daley is a consultant at the same company he sold the parking meters to that's a kick back. Chicago is a joke wasting tax dollars on stupid token over a 7000 kickback the case probably cost tax payers over 300k to take this idiot to trail.

  • Ismael

    Always going after the little fish and the big ones get away. Throw the little fish back in the water, You want to catch the big ones. Go after Daley, Madigan, Quinn, Cullerton, these are way bigger than this guy.

  • Choi

    He gave the banks 900 billion in tax payer money what are you taking about free money thats free money. Obama isn't helping the white man red man or black he is only helping the elitist and wall street buddy.If you wasn't such a biggot you could see that.

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