Informant's Rap Sheet Off Limits In Lawmaker's Bribery Trial

Law360, Chicago (May 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Lawyers for Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith on Friday questioned the motives and honesty of the campaign worker who ensnared the lawmaker in an FBI sting operation, but were barred from discussing the informant’s criminal history as Smith’s bribery trial entered its second day.

The informant — referred to only as “Pete” in court — secretly recorded dozens of conversations with the Chicago Democrat, on the phone and in person, forming the backbone of the government’s case that Smith accepted a $7,000 bribe to help a...
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