image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Smith: “I will not cower”

Monday, Apr 30, 2012

* As expected, Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) pled not guilty today and then read a statement to reporters

Smith, under pressure to resign his position, accused the FBI of engaging in “shenanigans” during the investigation and said agents pressured people to “say bad things about me.”

“I will not cower,” he said as his family stood behind him in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse lobby after entering his not-guilty plea. “I intend to stand tall.

Smith also suggested he will remain in office while he fights the charges.

“The people in my district elected me on March 20, 2012, even after the government charged me with wrongdoing,” he said. “And that’s because they believed in me.”

Smith has never been elected to his office. He was appointed, then won the Democratic nomination against a white Republican. He’s starting to sound like Rod.

Also, regardless of whether people were pressured to “say bad things” about him or not, the guy is on tape taking $7,000 in cash. I don’t know how you “stand tall” after you do something like that.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


27 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 12:38 pm:

    “The people in my district elected me on March 20, 2012,…”

    They nominated you … not elected you …

    I hate when appointed officals get the election “thing” wrong …

    Dear, the Honorable Derrick Smith,

    I understand your plight completely and, I too, would not cower to the US Attorney. They don’t know the “real” you, and when they feel that fury, they will be the ones cowering.

    Your Pal,

    the Honorable Rod Blagojevich
    Governor in Exile


  2. - Responsa - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 12:39 pm:

    ==He’s starting to sound like Rod==

    LOL, Rich. Rod, with his defiant and twisting of the facts approach, is not exactly the role model most pols in trouble with the Feds (and recorded asking for money) would choose.


  3. - I'M ON MY LUNCH BREAK! - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 12:45 pm:

    Whether or not he was entrapped, Smith needs to be removed from office. Entrappment means that law enforcement officials tempted you into doing something you wouldn’t ordinarily have done. That is a perfectly valid defense to the criminal charges, and if the court finds that’s what happened the charges should be thrown out. However, our elected officials must be above that type of temptation. It’s not enough to say “I won’t accept a bribe. . . unless someone offers me a lot of money in which case I might be tempted into taking it.” The very fact that he is capable of being entrapped to accept a bribe demonstrates that he is unfit to hold elective office.


  4. - Wensicia - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 12:58 pm:

    Should we call this new practice of publicly going on offense after federal indictment ‘the Rod Blagojevich defense’, or something to that effect?


  5. - DOWNSTATE DEM - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:02 pm:

    Is there no honor among thieves these days?


  6. - titan - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:04 pm:

    So…who’s the “Independent” or “New Party” candidate the old party will run against him?


  7. - 47th Ward - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:05 pm:

    I posted this a minute ago on the earlier thread:

    SMITH: I can’t guarantee that she gonna get [the grant] (UI).

    CS-1: Oh, she know that. But it’s just. . . she tryin’. She tryin’. And what she tryin’ to do is. . . a pretty good thing to me.

    That’s one exchange that I’d focus on if I was Smith’s lawyer. But I’m not a lawyer. I just think, having read the complaint, that it’s not a slam dunk case. Was it entrapment? My instinct is yes, but that is tough to prove.

    The bottom line is, one could argue that Smith was doing what many legislators have done: a favor for a constituent who might also become a political donor.

    And CS-1 had done political campaign work for Smith but didn’t get paid. Smith owed CS-1 for political work, and ended up paying him $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in a check. I would bet the check was from his political account, meaning Smith was probably guilty of being stupid and trying to hide a campaign contribution. Again, he wouldn’t be the first legislator who tried to hide a campaign donation.

    This is why we have trials: to let juries determine the facts.

    http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wls/documents/derricksmithfinalcomplaint.pdf


  8. - sal-says - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:12 pm:

    “I don’t know how you “stand tall” after you do something like that.”

    Hey, this is politics IL style, isn’t it?


  9. - 47th Ward - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:15 pm:

    Again, not being a lawyer, but couldn’t Smith’s attorneys subpeona every letter of support written by a state legislator to the Capital Development Board on behalf of applicants to CDB’s day care capital grant program?

    No wonder they want to boot Smith out of the House. His defense could be very embarrassing to other state officials who’ve done similar things but have received checks instead of cash.


  10. - dave - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:21 pm:

    His defense could be very embarrassing to other state officials who’ve done similar things but have received checks instead of cash.

    Not really… it isn’t illegal to write a support letter and receive a campaign contribution from someone. It IS illegal to explicitly write a support letter in exchange for money (whether it be cash or a check).


  11. - 47th Ward - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 1:28 pm:

    ===It IS illegal to explicitly write a support letter in exchange for money (whether it be cash or a check).===

    Yes, it is. A quid pro quo is always a no-no. But I’d prefer we let a jury decide what actually happened and how credible CS-1 is before we rush to judgement about Smith.

    And for the record, even if he gets acquitted, I think there is plenty of grounds for the House to expel him if it so chooses.

    I used to take the word of Patrick Fitzgerald as Gospel. I don’t anymore. And the anonymous informant is what really bothers me about this case.


  12. - dave - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 2:04 pm:

    **I’d prefer we let a jury decide what actually happened and how credible CS-1 is before we rush to judgement about Smith.**

    Yea… I definitely agree. My only point is that it shouldn’t and wouldn’t be embarrassing to find other legislators who have written support letters for someone they received a campaign contribution from.


  13. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 2:34 pm:

    Hmm…did Capt Fax miss adding this to his invite to the lynching….
    “Last month the government then informed the court of a 2004 drug conviction and a 1978 burglary conviction, both of which resulted in probation, he said. In addition, prosecutors said the informant had about 20 other arrests for charges ranging from burglary to weapons offenses, the lawyer said.

    Henderson said he was highly skeptical that the government could not have known the extent of the criminal history in March, especially since the informant has cooperated with the government in the past.” from the Tribbies


  14. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 2:39 pm:

    CircularFiringSquad, that was Smith’s pal. Nice friends he’s got setting up cash payments.


  15. - Demoralized - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 2:53 pm:

    47th:

    The criminal trial has nothing to do with whether he should continue to serve or even be removed from office. The legality of what he did is irrelevant in my opinion. What he did was clearly unethical and I think the GA would be well within their rights to remove him from office.


  16. - 47th Ward - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 2:56 pm:

    I agree 100% Demoralized. But when the House acts based solely on the accusation of an anonymous informant, they are setting a dangerous precedent.

    I think when it gets time to deal-making or sentencing, then Smith will resign his seat. And I’ve said this all along, even if Smith is acquitted, the House can still expel him. One is a legal process, the other a political process.

    But think of the future witch hunts if the House acts quickly and the legal case unravels.


  17. - Sammy E. - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 3:02 pm:

    Following up on CircularFiringSquad post above:

    The G didn’t fully inform the judge about the informant’s criminal background before the wire was approved…is that grounds for the defense to have the recording tossed out, or is it just a minor slip up by the feds??? Without the overhears, there is no case.

    Still, doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be expelled from the House.


  18. - Demoralized - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 3:30 pm:

    47th:

    I don’t think there are any dangers here. He is on tape for crying out loud. He had the cash also. Like I said, legal or not it’s disgusting and I have no problem if they simply voted right now to remove him.


  19. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 3:40 pm:

    Smith’s pal and a paid government snitch with 3 years senority.


  20. - HRT - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 3:45 pm:

    The CDB has been silent on making these grant awards. Any way this factors in to the delay?


  21. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 3:49 pm:

    ===legal or not it’s disgusting ===

    Fully agreed.


  22. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 4:31 pm:

    I fully agree as well, Rich, but if we expelled every legislator who did something that was morally repugnant to the general public, the House and Senate chambers would be echo chambers.

    Without casting aspersions on anyone, how does the alleged case against Smith stack up against the perfectly legal case of a legislator who is the chief sponsor of major legislation on behalf of a major corporation and then turns around, resigns, and gets paid to be their registered lobbyist after the measure becomes law?

    @Demoralized - Yes, he is on tape. Go back and read the indictment, and tell me exactly what he is on tape doing.


  23. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 4:35 pm:

    ===if we expelled every legislator who did something that was morally repugnant to the general public===

    Oh, please. Your endless excuses for this guy have truly become tiresome.

    He’s on tape taking the cash.

    End of story.


  24. - Demoralized - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 4:52 pm:

    YDD:

    I’m not even going to dignify that with a response.


  25. - 47th Ward - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 4:54 pm:

    Demoralized, did you read the criminal complaint? I’ve read it several times and it’s very hard to understand the transcripts. I don’t YDD was being snarky toward you, I think it was a legitimate question.


  26. - StreetervilleSnookie - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 6:28 pm:

    If every Illinoisan can’t stand up, condemn Smith and demand his expulsion then we truly DO have the government we deserve here in IL.


  27. - Demoralized - Monday, Apr 30, 12 @ 6:39 pm:

    47th:

    Yes, I did. And I understood YDD believed it to be a legitimate question. I disagree. I think it’s nonsense.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Governor sets special election dates, but they are expected to change
* Pot, meet kettle
* Your feel-good story of the day
* Economists Agree: Preserving Nuclear Plants is Good for Consumers, Good for Economy
* Jacob’s Story: Delayed Treatment Changes the Future and a Family
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Today's must-watch video
* The Credit Union Difference
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Dan Brady takes himself out *** Uh-oh
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner goes after some Missouri jobs, but no word yet on Indy
* *** UPDATED x3 *** Oswego will discuss Rauner "right to work" proposal tonight
* Krishnamoorthi, Noland make moves toward Duckworth seat
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Record both ends of your conversation with Bluewire device
        * Google April Fools’ Day jokes for 2015 [Updated with Google Panda, Keyless Keyboard and more]
        * FrontBack Camera ideal for taking photos from both sides
        * Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 giveaway ends this Wednesday [DEALS]
        * An HTC Sense-running tablet is a fantastic idea
        * Huawei P8 details semi-confirmed as specs and pics come to TENAA
        * The curious case of the Surface 3

        * Pandora Is Finally Coming To Apple’s CarPlay
        * Apple Hires Dolby’s VP, Could See Boost In Audio & Display Hardware
        * Analyst Predicts 1M Apple Watches Sold Over Its Launch Weekend
        * Google Announces Anyone Can Port Android Apps Onto Chrome OS
        * Smartbox by Inbox: the mailbox of tomorrow, today
        * Apple Patent Takes Facial Unlocking Feature To A New Level
        * Twitter Is Now Placing Ads Within User Profiles

        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * Abreu raises spring average to .519 with four hits in win
        * Rodon: Spring big for comfort level facing big leaguers
        * Shuck, Soto, Albers secure roster spots with White Sox
        * Abreu raises spring average to .519 with four hits in win
        * Like Sale, changeup the key to Rodon's success

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * On Daley family’s home turf, Kozlar aims to be .....
        * John Kass: Are Political Winds of Change Blowin.....
        * Emanuel and Garcia engage in final debate..
        * Sneed exclusive: Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp u.....
        * Governor sets special election dates, but they .....
        * Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. .....
        * Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. .....
        * Teen sexually assaulted in Near North Side park.....
        * Rauner schedules special election to replace Sc.....
        * Illinois drug disposal program poised to get going..


        * Emanuel and Garcia engage in final debate before vote
        * Rauner schedules special election to replace Schock
        * Judge: Ernie Banks' will giving estate to caretaker is valid
        * Judge rules Ernie Banks will is valid
        * Duckworth: Clinton needs to meet with Benghazi committee
        * Union alleges CTA violates free-speech rights
        * Cubs will track noise so Wrigley rehab doesn't disturb fans
        * Madigan announces Illinois anti-sexual assault effort
        * Chicago Cubs plan opening night Ernie Banks tribute
        * Poll: Chicago Mayor Emanuel opens big lead over Garcia

        * Rauner schedules special election to replace Schock
        * Duckworth says Clinton must testify on Benghazi, criticizes Kirk for Iran letter
        * Q&A: What happens now that Aaron Schock is out of office?
        * State's school districts adapt to new cyberbullying law
        * Duckworth: Clinton must testify before Benghazi committee
        * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's seat
        * Ex-deputy treasurer to run for Duckworth's seat
        * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
        * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
        * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat

        * Why this tech firm may have to hit the reset button on its patent-suit strategy
        * Judge rules Ernie Banks will is valid
        * Three Chicago-area hospice providers to merge
        * Arkansas gives final approval to religious-freedom bill
        * Absentee ballots climb: Is it the election or spring break?


          * Police: 16-year-old dead after Englewood shooting, 4 others wounded across city
          * Subpoenas target college president's spending
          * South Loop club temporarily closes after fatal shooting
          * Bali slaying victim's family outraged by prosecutors' call for leniency
          * Cardinal Francis George remains hospitalized
          * Old-school aldermen try to hold on in runoffs
          * Ambulance driver with license suspensions hits school bus, 15 injured
          * Rauner unveils dates for Schock seat special election
          * Obama commutes sentences of 22 convicted on drug charges
          * Divvy's expansion begins, but doesn't hit all corners of Chicago map, activists say


          * Flamin' Hot Cheetos top some Chicago Public School vending machines
          * What to watch for in the final mayoral debate
          * Indiana Gov. Pence signs religious objections bill
          * How organizations brace for Illinois budget cuts
          * Unions and Garcia push for $15-an-hour minimum wage
          * The Chicago rabbit: The unofficial face of wildlife is right under your nose
          * Obamacare tax rules trip some immigrants
          * Former Rep. Aaron Schock's staff to face tough prosecutor
          * Behind CPS graduation rates, a system of musical chairs
          * Health care tax rules trip up some immigrants


          * Rauner schedules special election to replace Schock
          * Duckworth says Clinton must testify on Benghazi, criticizes Kirk for Iran letter
          * Q&A: What happens now that Aaron Schock is out of office?
          * State's school districts adapt to new cyberbullying law
          * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's seat
          * Our Opinion: Redpath, Senor, McFarland for Springfield's wards 1, 2 and 4
          * Kathleen Parker: A leap of faith — into thin air
          * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
          * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
          * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat


          * Group joins forces to address school funding
          * Anna Bixby Center directors charged for falsifying records, stealing
          * Updated: Accident kills man at Crab Orchard Lake
          * HS Girl's Soccer: Centennial vs. UNI
          * Special election for Schock seat could be in August
          * Top girls' soccer teams: Champaign Central at No. 1
          * Fairview Heights man charged in sexual assault
          * School board cancels special meeting
          * Firefighters battle semi fire on interstate
          * SportsTalk 03-31-15


          * A coming-of-age victory for Wheeling
          * Schaumburg holds off Zilinsky, Bartlett
          * Imrem: If Wisconsin can, why not us?
          * Looking ‘great,' Rose could return any day now
          * Aircraft din raising a ruckus in Chicago mayoral election

          * U.S. Rep. Dold backs bill to nationalize r...
          * Illinois Republican Joins Push for Nonpart...
          * Question of the day
          * Three Illinois congressmen speak out after...
          * Emanuel and Garcia engage in final debate
          * Local Republicans gather to fundraise and ...
          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * Race begins to fill Duckworth's seat in Co...
          * Rep. Kinzinger Hosts Mayors Roundtable
          * St. Louis-area members of Congress votes f...

          * Dick Durbin- Chuck Schumer feud over whip ......
          * Chuck Schumer And Dick Durbin Spar Over Wh......
          * Gina Rodriguez loves her man and seems to ......
          * Schumer-Durbin Rift Could Bring New Blood ......

          * “He Sold Us Out”: Activists Fuming Over Bo......
          * Why the busted Iran deadline matters...
          * Iran nuclear talks continue past self-impo......
          * Race begins to fill Duckworth's seat in Co......
          * House Benghazi panel calls for Clinton to ......

          * Chicago's Fight For 15 Campaign To Expand Beyond Fast Food Workers (VIDEO)
          * Chicago's Fight For $15 Campaign To Expand Beyond Fast Food Workers (VIDEO)
          * EXTRA: Are gangs a worthy question?
          * Come to Driftwood For A Fundraiser and Fun on Friday
          * Come to Driftwood For A Fundraiser and Fun on Friday May 8th
          * Krishnamoorthi To Run For Duckworth's House Seat
          * Tribune Poll: Emanuel Has Double Digit Lead Over Garcia
          * Fight For 15 Press Conference To Announce April 15 Strike
          * MoveOn Launches 7-Day #DumpRahm Ad Campaign
          * Fight For $15 Movement Calls For 'Fast' From Fast Food Restaurants Over Safety, Wages


          * IDHS Prescription Monitoring program helps control prescription drugs abuse in Illinois - Program has more than 26,000 registered users
          * Illinois Mayors to Celebrate National Service - April 7, 2015 Designated as “Mayors Day of Recognition”
          * Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
          * Governor Announces Appointments B.R. Lane to lead Illinois Lottery; John Holden to continue leading Dept. of Aging
          * USDA Awards Grant to Illinois' JTED-SNAP Employment & Training Grant - Program helps participants find jobs and promotes business growth




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller