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Trial date set for Derrick Smith

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:20:07 CST
By: AP

A judge has set an October trial date for a Chicago Democrat facing a federal bribery charge who was re-elected after being expelled from the Illinois House. Derrick Smith has pleaded not guilty to a charge that accuses him of accepting a $7,000 bribe during an FBI sting. Prosecutors allege he took the money in exchange for helping what he thought was a daycare center obtain a state grant. The October trial date means Smith will serve nearly a year in office before facing trial. Smith is set to take the oath of office January 9th. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman on Wednesday tentatively scheduled Smith's trial for October 21st. The trial is expected to last a week.

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