Prison for one former state lawmaker, probation for another.
A federal judge in St. Louis has sentenced former State Senator Jeff Smith (D-St. Louis) to one year in federal prison on each of two counts of obstruction of justice, with the sentences to run concurrently. Smith had admitted that he lied to election officials and the FBI about his role in campaign literature targeting Russ Carnahan in the 2004 race for the Democratic nomination to replace Congressman Dick Gephardt. The literature did not meet federal disclosure laws.
Former State Representative Steve Brown (D-Clayton) received two years’ probation and a fine. He had cooperated with law enforcement by pleading guilty to conspiracy charges and by wearing a wire.