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Derrick Smith’s trial set for next October

Updated: November 14, 2012 5:05PM

State Rep. elect Derrick Smith may stand trial for bribery charges next October.

A federal judge Wednesday set a tentative trial date for Smith on Oct. 21, 2013. The trial is expected to last a week.

Smith was expelled from the Illinois House following his spring arrest. He was re-elected to his seat earlier this month. Smith allegedly accepted a $7,000 cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant who claimed to be acting as an intermediary to a purported daycare operator wanting Smith’s help in obtaining a $50,000 state grant. Smith had written a letter of support for the daycare operator before taking the informant’s money, authorities said.

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