Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Twenty-Two Page Criminal Case Against Jeff Smith and Posse is Engaging Read

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 8:05 AM

click to enlarge Nope. But he can go to prison.
  • Nope. But he can go to prison.
I could attempt to reconstruct the federal complaint filed against Missouri state Senator Jeff Smith and cohorts (state Rep. Steve Brown and campaign worker Nick Adams) for lying to federal authorities during an investigation into campaign violations.

Or I could just pull quotes from the complaint, such as this one where Smith is discussing his involvement with convicted felon Milton "Skip" Ohlsen -- identified in the complaint as "John Doe."

"We weren't fucking white knights here...none of us are going to get the fucking Nobel Peace Prize for our interaction with [John Doe]."

Or this one -- also from Jeff Smith -- in which the he alludes to fears that Ohlsen may have recorded conversations where Smith admits knowing that his campaign raised money for Ohlsen to mail out postcards attacking political opponent Russ Carnahan.

"I don't think he taped any phone conversations with me. I mean, I pray he didn't. I may have had a phone conversation with him where I acknowledged what he was doing."

But then I thought to myself, why try to reconstruct the narrative behind this case when the feds have done such a terrific job explaining it themselves?

So, without further ado, pour yourself a cup of coffee and then follow the jump to read the 22-page case against Smith and posse. Trust me, it makes for a quick and highly entertaining read. Think of it as a script for The Wire. In fact, Adams even mentions the television show in the criminal complaint when he suggests to Smith -- who agrees -- that they purchase throw-away cell phones to use to corroborate their stories.

Adams: Can we get some of those pay as you go cell phones like on The Wire?

Smith: Buy three of them at Wal-Mart and meet tomorrow to pass them out.

Jeff Smith Criminal Case

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 22nd, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation