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Rep. Derrick Smith bribery trial: Was he pressured to take the "cheddar"?

Caitlin WilsonReboot Illinois

Jun 05, 2014

As state Rep. Derrick Smith’s corruption trial continues, his attorneys said Wednesday that he was a victim of FBI incompetency and even entrapment.

Smith  is charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe for writing a letter of recommendation for a (FBI-concocted) grant for a (real) daycare. A government mole secretly recorded more than 120 conversations with Smith about the alleged bribe, including the moment when prosecutors say Smith received the money in a parked car. Recordings of Smith accepting the money — calling it “cheddar” and explaining to the informant that he wanted to be discreet about the money –…

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