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Chicago Lawmaker Convicted Of Taking $7,000 Bribe

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:29:00 CDT
By: AP


Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith said after he was convicted of bribery that he ``gave it a good fight.'' Federal jurors found the lawmaker guilty in federal court. Afterward, Smith addressed the media and said the ``jurors didn't see what God saw.'' Smith showed no emotion as the verdict was read in the courtroom.

At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat allegedly accepting 70 $100 bills in exchange for a letter supporting a state grant. But it was all part of an FBI sting. Smith's attorney said they haven't decided if they would appeal. Smith was released pending a sentencing date, which wasn't set. A status hearing is set for Sept. 23.

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