The jury reached the verdict on the second day of deliberations in
the trial of Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, who was charged
following an FBI undercover investigation that caught him talking
about the payoff on tape.
He also was found guilty of attempted extortion, the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Chicago said.
Smith, 50, was expelled by the Illinois House in 2012 after he was
charged with taking the bribe. He won his seat back the same year,
but lost the Democratic primary in March despite the backing of
powerful state House Speaker Michael Madigan.
After the verdict, Smith told reporters he represented his
constituents "to the best of my ability."
"I did what I thought was right ..." he said. "I was working for the
Chicago ranked first in the nation in public corruption over the
past three decades and has had 1,531 public corruption convictions
since 1976, according to a 2012 University of Illinois at Chicago
analysis of U.S. Department of Justice statistics.
Under state law, Smith loses his seat in the legislature with his
He faces up to 10 years in prison on the bribery count.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Eric Beech)
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