Indicted State Rep. Smith admitted to accepting cash bribe - KMSP-TV

Feds: Indicted State Rep. Smith admitted to accepting cash bribe

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When he isn't running from reporters and TV cameras, West Side Democratic State Representative Derrick Smith has flatly denied taking $7,000 cash from an FBI mole.

Now, with his trial on bribery charges just months away, federal prosecutors have filed court documents alleging smith actually admitted to the scheme moments after he was arrested by FBI agents in 2012.

The documents read:

"At numerous times during the interview Smith stated 'I f---ed up'... Smith stated that it was all about getting money to put money back out on the streets in the hands of his campaign workers."

Smith's attorneys are fighting to keep the alleged confession out of the trial, arguing Smith was falsely led to believe he was cutting a plea deal.

Criminal defense lawyer Joe Lopez, who is not representing Smith, says it's powerful evidence.

"They showed that when they interviewed the representative that he gave them a statement, and not only did he give them a statement, he brought them back to a place where some of the alleged bribe money was recovered," Lopez says.

After his indictment, Smith was impeached from office but managed to win his seat back in the 2012 general election without any help from the Democratic Party.

But campaign financial records released Tuesday show a much different story for Smith's primary election last March.

Powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan gave the indicted lawmaker more than $76,535 in cash and in-kind contributions.

Smith also got money from fellow democratic lawmakers Ken Dunkin, Mattie Hunter and Bob Rita among others.

"This simply shows the Democrats care a lot more about party loyalty than they do about ethics and good government," Andy Shaw with the BGA says. "They did the right thing when they booted him out of Springfield for alleged corruption a couple years ago. I can't figure out why they didn't continue to do the right thing by backing another candidate."

In fact, another candidate, Pamela Reaves-Harris, did win the Democratic Primary in March.

A spokesperson for Speaker Madigan explained that financial support with one short statement: "The practice has been to support incumbents."

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