SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Smith verdict riffs

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

* Today’s Derrick Smith guilty verdicts were followed by press conferences from both sides. Rep. Smith…


Dude, I’m pretty sure that God saw you counting out $7k in “cheddar” and wasn’t amused.

Man, that’s so insulting.

Even political morons know they shouldn’t take cash. Only criminals take cash in this business. Period. And everybody understands this, for crying out loud. If you take cash, you deserve whatever you get.

* Smith again…


Well, good. I’m glad you did what you thought was right. Trust me, you will soon be “rewarded” for your behavior.

* A possible appeal?…


I don’t know about you, counselor, but I do know where your client is going…

* The prosecution…


Um, actually, y’all had a guy on your payroll who told you he could probably convince Smith to take a bribe. No evidence emerged that you knew beforehand that Smith had been taking bribes. So, perhaps the above quote should be changed to: “Public officials need to understand, if we have a paid informant who thinks he can convince a politician to take some cheddar, we’re going to pull out all the stops for three months to convince him to do it, by gosh.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - Lobo Y Olla - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 1:48 pm:

    ====No evidence emerged that you knew beforehand that Smith had been taking bribes.====

    Typically that kind of “prior bad act” evidence is inadmissable at trial. It doesn’t mean it does not exist. If there is evidence of the Rep. “reaching out for money,” it will be at the sentencing hearing.


  2. - Upon Further Review - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 1:48 pm:

    Former Jesse White protégé tumbles…


  3. - MOON - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    There is no doubt that Smith is guilty. However, in my opinion the Feds were as close to entrapment as one can get.


  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:08 pm:

    The feds played this dummy for three months before they boated him. What a waste of time and resources. He was a nobody, a non-violent nobody to boot.

    There are many, many scary and violent crooks making life dangerous and miserable on the West Side. smith wasn’t one of them.

    Maybe the feds can get their snitch to infiltrate a heroin ring and work his magic there.

    Or would that be too much like real law enforcement?


  5. - RonOglesby - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:09 pm:

    He knew. Simply pandering to people that dont know taking money is bad.


  6. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    Yes, prior bad acts may be inadmissible but the point is that the feds would normally get involved after they find out the bad acts are occurring. In this case, it appears there were none but the informant was primed to get him accept the bribe. I have little sympathy for this jamoke but the sequence of events is a bit troubling. Maybe the “precrime” unit was involved.


  7. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    Had Smith dropped the cash into the collection plate at church maybe God would’ve helped him out of this mess.


  8. - Bluefish - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    All he wanted was some cheddar. Now he’s stuck with prison velveeta.


  9. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:28 pm:

    Maybe he’ll get some leniency for having such a low IQ. You have to lack something in the noggin if you are doing something this sloppily stupid.


  10. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    Wensicia -

    Had Smith deposited the cash in his campaign account, it would have been perfectly legal.

    Rich makes a strong point regarding entrapment, and we should all be troubled by the US Attorney actions. I suspect they invested so much time because they were hoping to bait the hook with Smith to catch a bigger fish. Epic fail.

    That said, their actions might be just this side of legal. Smith was reportedly fired for public misconduct, which the prosecutors would use to argue that Smith was predisposed to criminality.


  11. - Upon Further Review - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 2:57 pm:

    But it was for the children! The bribe/donation was to support a daycare facility.

    Someone correct me, if I am wrong, but I believe that the trial judge barred the defense from raising “entrapment.”

    Smith was such an oaf. He is probably going to get a lengthy prison sentence for not pleading guilty months ago.


  12. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 3:00 pm:

    He got trolled.
    But he took the bait.

    Not smart. Even for a legislator.


  13. - Jimbo - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    Look, I’m glad someone willing to take cash that way is going away. HOWEVER, it is ridiculous that the FBI wasted three months and who know’s how much money to convince someone to break the law. They shouldn’t be trying to lure people into breaking the law. They should be catching those that do so on their own accord. I’m sure someone’s getting a big promotion out of this, but it is seriously banana state for the feds to pull this crap.


  14. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    ==I believe that the trial judge barred the defense from raising “entrapment.”==

    Yes she did.

    Smith’s attorneys have been barred by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman from arguing that Smith was entrapped


  15. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    ===So, perhaps the above quote should be changed to: “Public officials need to understand, if we have a paid informant who thinks he can convince a politician to take some cheddar, we’re going to pull out all the stops for three months to convince him to do it, by gosh.”===

    That’s a little harsh in my view. Accurate maybe, but harsh nonetheless. I thought it was common knowledge that federal agents were looking all over the west side for evidence of political corruption. I don’t think we know the full story yet. Heck, we don’t even know Pete’s real name, which if it’s ever released, would be fun to enter into the Illinois Board of Elections database to see what pops up.

    And who knows who else is talking to the feds? There is no honor among thieves. I think it’s too soon to jump on the feds for spending too much effort to pick low-hanging fruit. Smith was like a dolphin caught in the tuna nets. Not what they were fishing for, but ended up in the boat anyway.


  16. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 3:37 pm:

    –Heck, we don’t even know Pete’s real name, which if it’s ever released…–

    I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve covered a lot of trials, and I can’t quite figure why the defense didn’t call Pete to the stand.

    By not copping a plea and going to trial, Smith was throwing a Hail Mary anyway, given the tapes, the cash, etc.

    Why wouldn’t the defense want to sweat Sneaky Pete on the stand, dirty up the feds’ case to the jury? What did they have to lose?


  17. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    Next………


  18. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    ===And who knows who else is talking to the feds? ===

    They pretty much wrapped up their West Side fishing expedition not long after Fitz left.

    The object, in my own opinion, appeared to be Rickey. The last couple of little fishes caught in the net were Hendon guys. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they looked at La Shawn Ford. Hollywood backed Ford in his first primary race against an incumbent.

    Smith was not a Hendon guy, but I’d bet a dollar that the mole is somehow close.


  19. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 4:12 pm:

    Did you ever wonder if Rickey maybe had some detailed conversations with the feds since he’s been retired?


  20. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 4:17 pm:

    ===Did you ever wonder if Rickey maybe had some detailed conversations===

    Sure. But it’s been a while now and the West Side has been pretty quiet.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x2 - GOMB, COGFA stand by projections *** Rauner issues his own stopgap deficit projection
* More horrible pension news
* Dealing with the "Rauner question"
* Caption contest!
* *** UPDATED x1 - Ad already on the air *** Oppo dump!
* GOP chairman says Rauner criticism "drives me crazy"
* The power of the cyber
* Edgar, Kennedy take turns whacking Rauner, Trump
* New AFSCME TV ad: "Rauner is so far disconnected from how real people live"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

  
* Skype for iOS Devices Updated With Siri and CallKit Support
* App Store Search Ads Go Live October 5, Developers Now Able to Purchase Ad Spots
* SoundCloud may be acquired by Spotify
* GoTenna Mesh evolves off-grid network to extended ranges
* CEO wants to open 1,000 Xiaomi stores in three years
* Spotify in 'Advanced Talks' to Purchase SoundCloud
* Mercedes Benz, Kia add to Android Auto options

* White Sox and Rays delayed due to rain
* Ventura declines comment on expiring contract
* Anderson flirts with cycle as Sale wins 17th
* Sale accomplishes mission in possible last start
* Anderson flirts with cycle as Sale wins 17th
* Gonzalez looks to get back on track vs. Rays
* Eaton thinks White Sox can rebound in 2017

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


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

Archives
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
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


* Mitchell: Chicago State University needs to cle.....
* Audit: College of DuPage severance outpaces sim.....
* Illinois sets sale of up to $1.7 billion of bon.....
* Editorial: Equal opportunity for all voters alw.....
* Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing .....
* Rauner administration says budget deficit is $2.....
* Rauner, legislative panel have $2.4-billion def.....
* Rauner Continues Denying To Comment On Presiden.....
* State leaders recommend flu vaccination - Illin.....


* Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached
* Man who spent decades in prison gets $15 million settlement
* Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach
* CPS hiring review follows arrest of teacher with past record
* Audit: College of DuPage severance outpaces similar deals
* Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
* Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach
* Diagnosed concussions among Illinois youth up 83 percent
* Police issue warrant in U. of Illinois fatal shooting

* State: Chicago-area doctor puts cat saliva in vaccines
* Diagnosed concussions among Illinois youth up 83 percent
* Federal judge OKs improvement plan for Illinois child agency
* Audit: College of DuPage severance outpaces similar deals
* Doctor subpoenaed in Illinois medical marijuana investigation
* IMA says workers' comp reform, broader sales tax base will help manufacturing jobs
* Former Gov. Edgar, Chris Kennedy both oppose a Trump presidency
* Edgar, Kennedy both oppose a Trump presidency
* Data shows just 86 freshmen enrolled at Chicago State
* Data show just 86 freshmen enrolled at Chicago State

* Chicago Teachers Union sets Oct. 11 strike date
* The best gender-neutral restroom signs we've seen
* Sears, Claire’s at high risk in Fitch study of retail failures
* Senate passes bill for stopgap spending, Zika
* Sandwich chain Cosi files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy


* Sneed: Trump pumps up the room in Bolingbrook fundraiser
* Mark McNeill is still waiting for his big Blackhawks break
* One in custody when police chase ends in crash on West Side
* Bidder loses appeal of biggest rail car contract in CTA history
* Brown: A vulture is circling Chicago
* Ex-NBA player Bobby Simmons to testify in Hobo super gang trial
* On same day Cubs keep their man, White Sox stumble around
* Rauner, legislative panel have $2.4-billion deficit disagreement
* Next man up? Kyle Fuller absence a fillable hole for Bears
* Jack Higgins’ Perspective for September 29, 2016


* Windsor school 'tasting menu' a big hit with students
* Police say man California police shot a minute after arrival took a 'shooting stance'
* Chicago Teachers Union sets Oct. 11 strike date
* Trump opponents, supporters clash outside suburban fundraiser
* Audit details lax leadership at College of DuPage, offers 19 recommendations
* VW plots Beetle for the electric-car era to overcome scandal
* New charges in boy's killing after wrongfully convicted man is freed
* Chicago Heights agrees to $15 million settlement for man in prison for 20 years
* Federal judge approves plan to overhaul state's child welfare system
* All downhill for Kyle Fuller since early in his rookie season


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* State: Chicago-area doctor puts cat saliva in vaccines
* Diagnosed concussions among Illinois youth up 83 percent
* Federal judge OKs improvement plan for Illinois child agency
* Audit: College of DuPage severance outpaces similar deals
* Doctor subpoenaed in Illinois medical marijuana investigation
* IMA says workers' comp reform, broader sales tax base will help manufacturing jobs
* Former Gov. Edgar, Chris Kennedy both oppose a Trump presidency
* Michael Gerson: Out of his depth, Donald Trump clings to deception
* E.J. Dionne Jr.: Clinton shifts the election in her direction
* Catherine Rampell: Another year of Congress, another string of broken promises


* LIVE! IlliNOISE Night
* JC Soccer: Parkland Vs. Lincoln Land
* PODCAST: SportsTalk 09-28-16
* Harrisburg murder suspect charged with attempting to kidnap state's attorney
* House approves amendment introduced by Bost to aid Len Small Levee repair
* Group urges supporters to pressure candidates on redistricting reform
* Police issue warrant in U. of Illinois fatal shooting
* Channel Cat to suspend operations
* 09-20-16 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast from Mahomet-Seymour High School @mshsbulldogs @coachpogue @terrancet47 @stevekreps @ngpreps @mdaniels_NG @adzilis
* PODCAST: Club Krannert -- Tyrone Phillips, director of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea


* Can Blackhawks' Darling make the leap to starting goalie?
* Three Barrington elementary schools win Blue Ribbon Awards
* Life sentence upheld for Arlington Heights man who killed his father
* Auditor: College of DuPage needs to improve oversight, operations
* The military's ritual of saluting for the national anthem

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Kewanee airport to get federal grant for r......
* $1.7 million in grants to Illinois organiz......
* Peoria Police receive grant for laser scan......

* Mark Kirk Doubles Down on Tammy Duckworth'......
* Mark Kirk Doubles Down on Tammy Duckworth'......

* Wall Street CEO Pay Graphic
* CTU Sets October 11 Strike Date
* Random thoughts. Crash.
* Blues people (an art project).
* Man Wins $15 Million Wrongful Conviction Settlement In Chicago Heights
* Federal Judge Approves Of Illinois DCFS Changes
* Cartoon of the Day - 9/28/16 Trump snorting at the debate
* Cartoon Of The Day
* AFSCME Launches New Ad Amid Stalled Contract Talks With Rauner Administration (VIDEO)
* Report: U.S. Taxpayers Subsidized $725 Million In Wall Street CEO Bonuses In The Last Four Years


* First 2016 Human West Nile Virus Deaths in Illinois
* Schools Encouraged to Participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5
* Governor Rauner Cuts Ribbon for Grand Opening of Obed and Isaac's Peoria
* Governor Rauner Encourages Illinoisans to Serve Those Who Served
* Governor Rauner Proclaims First Gold Star Family Day in Illinois




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