Former Missouri State Sen. Jeff Smith released from prison

1:25 PM, Aug 25, 2010   |    comments
Former State Senator Jeff Smith
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St. Louis (KSDK) --  Former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith was released from the Federal Correction Institute in Manchester, according to the Federal Corrections Institute, and has been transferred to a half-way house.

Last year, he pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his 2004 run for Congress.

He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison after he pled guilty to an obstruction of justice charge.

The Federal Election Commission investigated Smith's 2004 congressional race, looking for evidence Smith helped fund an outside campaign. That investigation was closed without resolution, but was reopened in December 2008, when new information was revealed.

That information, according to courthouse sources, came from secretly recorded conversations between then Missouri State Rep. Steve Brown and Milton Ohlsen, who was in jail awaiting sentencing on federal gun charges and bank fraud. Ohlsen, according to those sources, ran the outside campaign for Smith, and was funded by Smith's contributions.

Doing so is illegal, and when the FEC started asking questions, Smith and the others lied about their involvement. When the FEC couldn't prove the case, it was dropped.

In a plea agreement, the details of the cover-up were revealed.

Some of the quotes from former Senator Smith are obscene.

During a conversation with former Representative Steve Brown, Smith said, "We aren't *****ng white knights here... none of us are going to get the *****ng Nobel Peace Prize for our interaction with [John Doe]." John Doe is a man who was charged with making the controversial fliers for Smith's 2004 campaign.

Smith apologized to his constituents and his family and to Congressman Russ Carnahan for running the secret campaign.
Steve Brown, a former assistant Missouri attorney general apologized, and said that after he's done his time, he would like to get back into public service.


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