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Political Rewind: House Discipline Committee Sets Final Hearing Date for Indicted Rep. Smith

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House discipline committee sets final Smith hearing for July 19

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Select Committee on Discipline will have its final hearing on possible punishment for indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith on July 19, according to a schedule posted Friday.

Much of the committee’s business – which is not a court proceeding but has the tone of one – between now and then will occur by email, the schedule indicates, but the committee chair, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, can call additional hearings as needed.

The committee and Smith are to disclose to each other by July 6 all evidence they intend to introduce at the final hearing. By July 13 each side can object to the other’s evidence. By July 16, each side must respond to the objections raised by the opposing party.

The chairwoman may rule on the objections in a written order or may issue her rulings at the final hearing, which will occur in Chicago.

Members of the Select Committee on Discipline, a bipartisan body charged with deliberating possible professional punishment for Smith, want to move forward as quickly as possible, they said at their first hearing Wednesday.

However, Smith’s attorney, Victor Henderson, said the committee should hold off because Smith’s case still is pending in federal court, and he still is receiving discovery information from federal prosecutors about their evidence.

Smith was indicted in April on a federal bribery charge, after authorities recorded him allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe. The case is pending in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois.

The 12-member Select Committee on Discipline will act as jurors who hear Smith’s case and will determine if he should be exonerated, reprimanded, censured or expelled from the House of Representatives.

— Jayette Bolinski

Stewart Levine July 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM
i think the real problem here is that at the very tip of the iceberg is clout, where people are afraid to get involved because of the madigans, and the example that was made of blagovich. remember he got indicted the day after he said the state of illinois will no longer do business with bank of america. bank of america is making a fortune, billions of dollars in interest, off of the state of illinois being in debt. we need real reform, we need an angry, informed, public that is ready for a fight
Dan F. July 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Will they also prosecute every Springfielder who took "bribes" from lobbyists, corporations, and unions in return for votes that pad their pockets? Gambling? Smart Grid? Whoops that would be almost everybody! Legalized bribery is the coin of the realm in Springfield. Smith just didn't follow the rules that made it all nice and legal.
Tom Koz July 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Throw ALL of the bums out!!! Not too brilliant and insightful, but short, sweet, and to the point!!
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