CHICAGO (AP) — Former state Rep. Derrick Smith says he's saddened members of the Illinois House voted to remove him from office.
The Illinois House voted 100 to 6 on Friday to expel Smith after he was charged with bribery earlier this year. Smith told reporters gathered at his attorney's Chicago office on Friday afternoon that his former colleagues didn't 'wait to hear all the evidence.'
Smith says he looks forward to his day in court so he can clear his name. He gave a brief statement but not take questions.
Smith's attorney, Vic Henderson, called the proceedings in Springfield a 'sham.' Henderson says he advised Smith not to attend the vote because they didn't want to 'dignify' the proceedings.
Smith has pleaded not guilty. A trial date has not been set.
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