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Judge Refuses To Delay Lawmaker's Bribery Trial

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:58:08 CDT
By: AP

A federal judge won't postpone an Illinois lawmaker's bribery trial so he can finish out the legislative session in Springfield. Democratic State Representative Derrick Smith of Chicago's charged with accepting a $7,0000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28, but the Legislature isn't scheduled to adjourn until May 31. US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman says Smith's defense knew for months about the legislative session, and only objected now.

Smith had hoped to postpone the trial until June 2, arguing there were "significant" pieces of legislation to be voted on between May 28 and 31. House Speaker Michael Madigan says Smith supports making Illinois' temporary income tax hike permanent, a measure still short of the votes needed for approval.

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