Report: Chicago Lawmaker Accused of Taking Bribe Was Entrapped by FBI

by / June 10, 2014 Black News 14 Comments

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of black lawmakers who’ve been singled out for stingDerrick Smith operations by the FBI. Several state lawmakers in New York have been targeted as well as Councilmember Michael Brown in Washington D.C. On the national scene, Jesse Jackson Jr. is probably the most recent black lawmaker to be taken down by the Feds.

It is clear that these lawmakers are being targeted. What’s not clear is how many white lawmakers are being targeted or whether any of the black lawmakers are being entrapped by the FBI.

Chicago is known for its shady politicians, but a recent bribery case has many onlookers  asking whether the FBI went too far in its desire to catch crooked politicians.

A jury is currently deliberating on whether Chicago Democratic State Rep. Derrick Smith broke the law when he allowed an informant, who he’d known during the campaign, to convince him to take a $7,000 bribe. At issue is how hard the informant had to push Smith before Smith finally agreed to take the bribe.

The money came in exchange for writing a letter to help a local daycare get a $50,000 grant. Smith, however, had to be convinced to take the bribe and never sought out a way to make cash on the side, which is why his attorneys say prosecutors were overzealous in their targeting of Smith.

“There was no crime here, ladies and gentlemen, and to the extent there was anything that looked like one, it was fabricated and it was a ruse,” said defense lawyer Victor Henderson.

The jury began deliberations on Monday.



14 Comment

  1. This is so not strange white devil politicians been doin it for decades now that blacks r in postions of decision making the devils now want to have moral!!! When it was just them in office they ran amuk. Now that there are blacks in office they set traps where were these traps decades ago?

  2. A lawmaker… taking $$$ … then promising to do something specific in exchange for that money. Then actually doing the requested action…in my book, THAT qualifies as taking a bribe. Also let’s not forget WHERE this “lawmaker” hails from–CHICAGO. DEMS hv made that city into the most corrupt and debt-ridden place in America. White people’s businesses are keeping that sink-hole from sinking.

  3. Black or white if you are wrong you should be punished. The FBI is doing what they should do catch the “Crooks” goody.

  4. A technicality does not change what is in the heart. Ethical people stand firm in their beliefs. He should have reported the informant immediately, rather than laying in "wait".

  5. I agree Robert it must have been a powerful letter to be worth that much money!

  6. Blacks need to stop having so much faith in politicians and the Democratic party.

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