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updated: 5/21/2014 3:51 PM

Judge denies lawmaker's request to delay trial

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  • State Rep. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe.

      State Rep. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe.
    Associated Press

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A federal judge won't postpone an Illinois lawmaker's bribery trial so he can finish out the legislative session in Springfield.

Rep. Derrick Smith is a Chicago Democrat who's charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28, but the legislature isn't scheduled to adjourn until May 31.

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U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman says Wednesday that says Smith's defense knew for months about the legislative session -- and only objected now.

Smith had hoped to postpone the trial until June 2, arguing there were "significant" pieces of legislation to be voted on between May 28 and 31.

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