* Jury selection began in Chicago Democratic state Rep. Derrick Smith’s federal corruption trial yesterday. Opening statements could begin today…
Smith, 50, is accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe from a day care center seeking a $50,000 state grant — though the facility turned out to be fictitious and part of an FBI sting… Smith has pleaded not guilty to bribery, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.[…]
Prosecutors plan to use Smith’s statements immediately after his March 13, 2012, arrest, which they say amount to a confession. Court filings describe him as distraught, cursing at himself and telling investigators he’d taken the bribe. […]
Smith even brought arresting FBI agents to his home, retrieved $2,500 in leftover bribe money — in $100 bills bound with paper clips — from the foot of his bed and handed it to the agents, prosecutors say.