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Judge pondering next move in Derrick Smith case

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:32:14 CST
By: AP

A judge in Chicago is considering whether to let a defense motion to quash an Illinois state representative's arrest on bribery charges move forward. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman told a hearing she'll decide soon. Rep. Derrick Smith was arrested last year after another judge OKed a warrant based on an unnamed informant working for the FBI. Prosecutors now concede documents requesting the warrant contained false information. The falsehoods included that the informant had just one arrest on his record when he actually had 21. They also understated the amount of money the government paid him. Had the information been accurate, the defense says permission to arrest Smith might have been denied. For now, Coleman will only decide if the motion has sufficient merit to justify additional hearings.

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