SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The jury got it right

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014

* After Rep. Derrick Smith’s guilty verdict was announced yesterday, a juror told the Tribune that the federal mole was “a slippery and disgusting character” and said the FBI’s investigation was “somewhat sleazy.” More from what the juror said

Jason Carter, 29, said the jury’s reservations included the FBI’s use of an undercover informant and two-time felon – a man identified at trial only as “Pete” — who repeatedly pushed the West Side legislator on a plan to extort a day care operator who needed a letter of support for a state grant. The scheme was a ruse concocted by federal agents.

“It didn’t feel right to us,” Carter said. “It’s not like he went to a day care and shook them down. He went to an FBI day care…but that was not to be considered by us.”

But

Finally, after four hours of sometimes-heated deliberations, the jury was able to use the judge’s legal instructions to come to a unanimous verdict on each count of bribery and extortion, Carter said. […]

For a time, the jury’s foreman – not Carter — was strongly opposed to convicting Smith. But in the end, it was Smith who convicted himself with his own words, caught on undercover recordings talking about “cheddar” and “seven stacks” of cash and insisting on hiding any paper trail of the kickback, according to Carter.

“He never said, ‘Hey, listen Pete, I do these letters all the time and they are to help my constituents, not for my own personal gain,’” Carter said.

That’s exactly right. Smith deserved what he got, even if the feds went overboard on this thing.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


25 Comments
  1. - Been There - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:34 am:

    ===That’s exactly right. Smith deserved what he got, even if the feds went overboard on this thing. ===
    While I agree Smith deserved what he got, sometimes (or maybe all the time) the feds have to be held in check. That could mean that the bad guy gets off. Just look at how we now have the Miranda warning.


  2. - CirularFiringSquad - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:45 am:

    But it was real handy for the G to have a previously unsuccessful snitch on the payroll for four years looking to make suggestions


  3. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    Smith convicted himself. He went down that illegal path. My pre-schoolers would recognize that you don’t do what Smith did. What the FBI mole did was pave the way to hell. Smith fired up his engine and drove right down into it, knowing full well that it was wrong.


  4. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:47 am:

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer…except if they’re named Pete.


  5. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    If the after effect is to put would be bribe takers on alert for a possible sting by the feds, this was worth it. Smith was guilty, and that’s no scam.


  6. - Roamin' Numeral - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    Taxpayer dollars well spent.


  7. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 9:51 am:

    Besides, if what the FBI did here is a concern to you - what the heck do you think is happening with the NSA taking everything you say or do online and recording it?

    Everyone has a record now. Thanks to what is passing as law enforcement, the government doesn’t need to wait for you to commit a crime anymore. All you have to do is contribute to a minority political cause and you can get your life completely shanked - even years later.

    At least Smith took money before he got convicted. There have been more than a few cases recently when we’ve seen folks lose it all even when they didn’t commit a crime.


  8. - Montrose - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:06 am:

    Smith should have been convicted on stupidity alone. A $7,000 bribe from a day care center for a letter to help secure a $50,000 grant? How could anyone hear that and think, “Yes. I think this offer is legitimate, and I will accept this money.”?


  9. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:08 am:

    This whole things just stinks. The FBI needs to be held in check, but jeez, just how dumb and how Craven was Smith. It’s real simple folks. If someone approaches you with a dirty deal, be like Nancy Reagan. Just say no.


  10. - Upon Further Review - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    We can all agree that this was not the most cost effective prosecution, but the government needed to go to whole nine yards because Smith refused to accept reality and seek to plea bargain. He gambled on turning one juror and struck out.


  11. - x ace - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:21 am:

    Appears Jury considered and argued about the right issues and their deliberation resulted in a Guilty Verdict. Whether we bystanders think Smith was Guilty or Not , the System Worked as designed.


  12. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:23 am:

    The judge ran a tight trial and issued narrow instructions. Juries can do what they want, but they didn’t have a choice once they decided to follow the instructions to the letter.

    Still a waste of time and resources. Send Sneaky Pete to Austin to make some street heroin buys if he wishes to continue his fight for justice.


  13. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:37 am:

    The defense attorney’s comment after the verdict was ridiculous….yes, he took the money, but….. Stupid, illegal behavior.


  14. - A guy... - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    Good for this jury and this juror. They narrowed the focus to the facts like they are supposed to. I’m glad there was some thoughtful debate. Could have been a circus, and instead we got a model of good justice.


  15. - D.P.Gumby - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    Fed’s have better things to do than go out and make up crimes even if they do get convictions.


  16. - LizPhairTax - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Big deal. They caught a dummy being dumb. As YDD pointed out yesterday, if he’d only asked for a check and reported it the exact same transaction would’ve been legal. Derrick didn’t even get home improvements like others have. Just dumb.


  17. - Jack Handy - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    What criteria did Smith meet for the Feds to say, “Let’s see if this guy will take a bribe”.


  18. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 11:57 am:

    –What criteria did Smith meet for the Feds to say, “Let’s see if this guy will take a bribe”.–

    A fed snitch already on the payroll.


  19. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    @Handy -

    Two things:

    1. Links to bigger fish.
    2. Record of misuse of public resources and proven ability to get caught.

    The second is important, as I noted yesterday, because it more or less takes the entrapment defense off the table.

    Law enforcement isn’t supposed to set traps to snare the otherwise innocent, but snaring unwary folks with a record of misbehaving is okay.


  20. - Anon - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    The fact that Rep. Smith did wrong does not make the federal fishing expedition right.

    It appears as if the federal goal was to lure someone they had no reason to believe is committing a given crime into doing so. I’m sure all of those who condemn Smith would easily resist repeated blandishments from a mole to do wrong. Suppose the temptation isn’t a bribe, however, but to, say, patronize a prostitute? Or buy firecrackers? Or to drive after drinking too much? Does that fact that some mere mortals will eventually succumb to temptation justify the Feds tempting us?


  21. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    Anon -

    I suspect worse: that the Missing Tapes included Smith expressing strong reservations, perhaps even suggesting that if they want to write a check for $7K it should go to the campaign….

    ….having said all of that, Smith did have a prior for misuse of public resources, so he was fair game.


  22. - Mokenavince - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    Another sleazy politician bites the dust. Who’s next?


  23. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    ==Another sleazy politician bites the dust. Who’s next?==

    After this minnow, maybe they’ll move onto a common carp. Another big catch!


  24. - Just Me - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 8:55 pm:

    I have to think the Feds suspected he was taking bribes elsewhere but needed hard proof for a conviction so they created the situation. Why else would they choose this empty suit to pick on?


  25. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 10:46 pm:

    –Why else would they choose this empty suit to pick on?–

    Their snitch was already working for Smith.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x2 - Cullerton responds *** Rauner won't schedule leaders meeting until Dems "are ready"
* Mendoza bumps manager bonuses to back of the line
* Caption contest!
* CPS prospectus includes mention of "hypothetical bankruptcy"
* Fun with numbers
* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoe Awards
* CMS blames AFSCME for halt to bonuses
* Good news and not so great news in Site Selection report
* Chris Kennedy added to "Boss Madigan" list
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Are we really going to have to wait until 2018?
* Rauner's dark money prince could wind up running the RNC
* Madigan on the attack, offers to discuss modified version of "Turnaround Agenda"
* IMA says Rauner signature on Exelon bill weakens manufacturing
* It's more than just a website and e-mails
* Kennedy may file candidate papers "in short order," while Bustos moves up DC ladder
* Del Mar gets his plum
* Emanuel meeting with Trump this morning
* So now they tell us
* *** UPDATED x1 - Cullerton optimistic but firm *** Rauner slams Madigan for refusing to put forward a budget, wanting a tax hike, stalling to force a crisis
* 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

  
* ‘Super Mario Run’ and the shape of Nintendo to come — an interview with Reggie Fils-Aimé
* Galaxy Beta Program shows off TouchWiz’s new name: Samsung Experience
* Android app updates are getting 65 percent smaller
* Snapdragon 835 benchmark affirms octa-core design
* Sprint and Niantic partner to bolster Pokemon GO stops count
* Canadian Note 7 service stoppages take effect December 15
* Release date for Honor Magic concept phone is December 16

* Moncada welcomes expectations awaiting White Sox
* In span of day, White Sox system skyrockets
* Kopech next in long line of Texas fireballers
* White Sox land Giolito, 2 more prospects for Eaton
* In rebuild mode, Hahn has 5 assets to deal
* White Sox GM Rick Hahn is the prospect collector
* Best prospects traded in past 25 years

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


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

Archives
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
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


* Rauner Asks Democrats for Budget Proposal, Dela.....
* Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nucle.....
* Sneed: Trump’s tip of the hat to Emanuel..
* Rauner signs energy bill as ComEd announces del.....


* Energy Department grants to fund Illinois CO2 projects
* Suburban tobacco store manager sentenced in tax case
* Group offers reward to fight dog fighting in DuPage County
* Illinois firearm deer harvest down 8.5 percent this year
* Chicago officer convicted of perjury, 2 officers acquitted
* Doctor: candy that sickened students contained marijuana
* Purported Chicago gang leader to jurors: Gang never existed
* Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, delays meeting
* Comptroller: State employee bonuses on hold during impasse

* Springfield-area veterans join pipeline protest
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, cancels meeting
* Comptroller: State employee bonuses on hold during impasse
* Rauner signs Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Rauner to sign Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Judge blocks administration from imposing contract on AFSCME
* State budget still elusive as leaders lash out
* Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out
* Killer of former central Illinois man sentenced to probation
* Prosecutors: Don't move Aaron Schock trial out of Springfield

* Lothian hands CEO title to newsletter editor
* Chicago is getting another newsroom
* Another newsroom is coming to town
* Boeing sweats under Trump spotlight as SoftBank feels warmth
* What's pushing the markets to new highs today?


* Attempted bank robbery reported in Chicago Heights
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Dec. 8, 2016
* Dear Abby: ‘Orphan’ at 55 feels like he’s hit bottom
* 7 people shot Wednesday on South, West sides
* 13-year-old girl disappears from Uptown
* Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration
* Aroldis Chapman signs five-year deal to return to Yankees
* MGM National Harbor ready for its Maryland debut
* 17-year-old boy shot in Chicago Lawn
* Snapchat photo leads to man’s arrest in beating of 3-year-old


* Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years
* Hoax beliefs fueled death threats to Sandy Hook parent, Florida woman charged: Feds
* Campus officer shot teen armed with knife at Nevada high school
* New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers
* Don't dismiss Vic Fangio leaving Bears just yet
* Trump retaliated against Carrier's union leader on Twitter. Then his phone started to ring.
* Ohio legislators approve what would be the country's toughest restriction on abortion
* Crowd braves cold to remember slain Dolton rapper
* Theo Epstein: Position players outside Cubs core fair game in trades
* First look: White Sox prospects acquired from Nationals


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Bernard Schoenburg: Bustos gets leadership post, criticizes Rauner
* Our View: Lawmakers should withdraw their lawsuit over paychecks
* George Will: The sensitivity police strike again
* Eugene Robinson: The proliferation of fake news presents real perils
* Guest Column: The Trump Administration faces extremism/terrorism
* Springfield-area veterans join pipeline protest
* Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, cancels meeting
* Comptroller: State employee bonuses on hold during impasse
* Rauner signs Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants
* Rauner to sign Exelon subsidy to spare 2 nuclear plants


* Ronald Taskoski
* Wendell Davis
* Mary Foehner
* Paul Youngblood
* Margaret Osman
* Maryann Mercer
* Steven Kelley
* Shirley Jones
* Howard 'Cotton' Heumann
* Jimmie Cooksey


* Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT
* Review: 'Hairspray Live!' pushes the boundaries and wins big
* Plum's 30 leads No. 11 Washington women to 101-44 win
* Extra effort in Wauconda's win
* Elgin crash backs up traffic on Randall Road

* 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

* Durbin's debit debacle - Washington Examin......
* House Democrats Press Obama To Do More To ......

* Sen. Mark Kirk Praised During Senate Floor......

* Girl, 13, Missing From Uptown Hospital
* How times change; Rahm now our ally in upcoming political fight w/ Trump
* Santa Sleighed
* Roller Skate With Santa At Margate Park
* Illinois Bible Colleges Head to Court of Appeals
* Thorner: Grassroots pushback essential for Trump to appoint pro-life nominee
* IL GOP jabs possible Dem gubernatorial nominee, three more lawmakers
* Trump taps Iowa Governor Branstad for Ambassador to China
* Chicago YPN raises more than $400 for Salvation Army
* Governor Announces Appointments to Illinois Bicentennial Commission


* Governor’s Export Awards Recipients Announced
* Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Jobs, Ratepayers and Taxpayers
* Give The Gift Of A Lifetime With A College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan - College Illinois! can help limit or even eliminate future student loan debt
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts 75th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony
* IDHR Issues Reminder of Fair Housing Rights During Holiday Season - State law prohibits targeted, discriminatory restrictions on decorations and celebrations




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