Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith was in federal court in Chicago Wednesday pleading not guilty to bribery charges. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer reports.
Representative Smith was arrested and charged with bribery two years ago. Earlier this month prosecutors added a second charge to the case filing something called a superseding indictment.
Smith was in court Wednesday to face both counts. The judge asked him if he had gone over the superseding indictment and understood it. There was a pause as Smith looked questioningly at his attorneys. At their urging he responded yes. They continued to coach him as he answered a number of the judge’s questions including when she asked him how he’d like to plead. After a pause he told her ‘not guilty.’