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Lawmaker won't answer questions on bribery charges

Thu, 10 May 2012 14:06:01 CDT
By: AP

An Illinois House committee reviewing the federal bribery charge against a lawmaker must decide whether to proceed with possible expulsion after Rep. Derrick Smith would not testify. The Chicago Democrat declared his innocence today before the special investigative committee. But neither he nor attorney Victor Henderson would answer the committee's questions. Henderson urged the committee not to proceed with possible discipline until U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald reveals more about his case. He noted that Fitzgerald's investigators now acknowledge the confidential source who allegedly arranged for the bribe payment has a much more extensive criminal record than previously reported.      Committee members say they can take action despite alleged holes in the government's case. But they will meet again to decide what to do next.

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