Lawmaker Booted From Ill. House Amid Federal Bribery Charge

Law360, Chicago (August 17, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT) -- Illinois lawmakers expelled Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, from the state's House of Representatives on Friday following a federal bribery charge alleging he took a $7,000 cash payment to help a business he thought was applying for a state grant.

House members voted 100-6 to remove the politician from office, despite concerns voiced by some that doing so before his criminal case goes to trial was a violation of due process and that Smith's refusal to testify before the legislative body regarding the bribery allegations had been...
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