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August 1, 2014, 5:31 pm
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Derrick Smith May Serve A Year Before Trial


An indicted Illinois lawmaker could serve nearly a year in office before facing trial on bribery charges. A federal judge has set an October trial date for Derrick Smith, who won a full term in the House last week, despite having been thrown out by his fellow lawmakers following the charges that he accepted a bribe in exchange for pushing for approval of a state grant.

 

Smith will return to the House in January, and the state Constitution says he cannot be thrown out again unless he is convicted in the bribery case. But some lawmakers are looking for a way around that in hopes of expelling Smith again before his trial.

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