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Derrick Smith attorney compares State Rep charges to "Holocaust"

Tue, 01 May 2012 07:17:51 CDT
By: IPR's Sam Hudzik

The attorney for an Illinois lawmaker charged with accepting a bribe is comparing the FBI's handling of the case to the Holocaust. IPR's Sam Hudzik reports the remarks came after state Representative Derrick Smith pleaded not guilty.


Smith's attorney, Vic Henderson, stood in front of TV cameras yesterday after the hearing.

He says the FBI misled a federal judge about the criminal background of an informant at the center of the Smith investigation.

HENDERSON: That's not right. All of us know it. But we can't be afraid to speak out.

Henderson says the case reminds him a poem.

HENDERSON: ...they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I am not a Jew...

a poem about Germans who ignored Nazi actions.

HENDERSON: ...then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak to for me.

Asked if he was REALLY comparing Derrick Smith's case to the Holocaust, Henderson replied that when the government does something wrong, everyone has "an obligation to stand up."

HENDERSON: Today it's Derrick Smith. Who is it tomorrow? That's the point of the poem.

A spokesperson for the US attorney in Chicago had no comment.

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