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October 24, 2014, 4:35 am
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Jury Continues Deliberations in Representative's Bribery Trial


Jury deliberations resume today in the trial of an Illinois lawmaker accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe.

 

Both sides in Derrick Smith’s case presented closing arguments Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

 

Prosecutors say Smith used his position to line his own pockets, instead of watching out for the interests of taxpayers.

 

But defense lawyers say Smith was duped by a paid FBI informant, and say any crime that took place was fabricated by federal agents.

 

Jurors deliberated for several hours Monday but went home for the night without reacing a verdict.

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