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Defense Attorney: Rep. Smith was “Set Up.”

Defense Attorney: Rep. Smith was “Set Up.”

Photo: Associated Press/Seth Perlman

A lawyer for an Illinois lawmaker accused of taking a bribe has told jurors during closing arguments that his client was “set up” by a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant.

Attorney Victor Henderson represents State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago). Henderson told jurors that Smith never intended to commit a crime. Smith is accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe from a day care center operator. The center turned out to be part of an FBI sting.

Earlier prosecutor Marsha McClellan told jurors Smith “took advantage of his office to put cash in his pockets.” She also referred to secret recordings where the Smith appears to plot about taking the bribe.

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