In an interview
with the St. Louis Beacon
, conducted via text message (oh, brave new world!), disgraced former state senator Jeff Smith
shares his perspective on the revelations of last summer which led to his sentencing earlier this week to a year in federal prison for obstruction of justice. Among other revelations:
As Smith recalls, he listened to [State Rep. Steve] Brown's tapes in mid-July, roughly the
week before his annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament and community fair
in his district....
Smith said his only concern at that time "was I wanted assurances" from
the U.S. attorney's office "that they would not indict before the
3-on-3 tournament which we'd spent months preparing for."
What a guy.