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updated: 4/23/2014 4:16 PM

Judge OKs use of lawmaker's post-arrest statement

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A federal judge says prosecutors can use potentially damaging comments that state Rep. Derrick Smith made to authorities after his arrest for bribery.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman dismissed arguments from Smith that his alleged admission of wrongdoing hours after his arrest shouldn't be used at his upcoming trial.

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Smith's attorney is Joshua Adams. He acknowledged that Smith was told that any comments could be used against him in court, but says his client thought he was in a "plea negotiation."

Smith was indicted on charges that he accepted a $7,000 bribe from a day care operator seeking a state grant. He was impeached from the Illinois House in 2012, but re-elected months later. The Chicago Democrat lost his latest primary race in March.

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