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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Steve Brown's Decision to Wear the Wire "Came Without Hesitation"

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Steve Brown was sentenced to two years' probation and a $40,000 fine. Jeff Smith got a year in prison and must pay a $50,000 fine.
  • Steve Brown was sentenced to two years' probation and a $40,000 fine. Jeff Smith got a year in prison and must pay a $50,000 fine.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson, former state rep. Steve Brown's wife, Rebecca Brown, stated she is "deeply disappointed" by her husband's illegal act but proud about how he handled the debacle.

"His decision to accept responsibility and assist with the investigation came without hesitation," Brown wrote.

Steve Brown wore a wire for the government earlier this year and captured his then-good friend Jeff Smith trying to blame a cover-up of an FEC violation on a dead campaign worker.

In a political column that appeared a day after their sentencings, Smith seemed to take Brown to task for turning against him.

Rebecca Brown's letter (after the jump) helps to explain her husband's loyalty to Smith and his "palpable envy of Jeff's success."

"Perhaps most telling was a comment [Steve] made to me shortly after his [guilty] plea when support began pouring in from his friends," Brown writes of her husband. "He told me that all he had really ever wanted in this life was to have friends and now he finally knew that he did. How deeply regrettable it is that it took such a disgrace for him to make this discovery."
Rebecca Brown's letter was among 88 statements of support for Steve Brown which were written to Judge Jackson and which were placed in the public court file late yesterday.

Among the pols who asked for leniency for Brown were state representatives from both sides of the aisle: Donald Calloway, Jr., Chris Carter III, Jason Holsman, Jason Kander, Paul LeVota, Jill Schupp, Trent Skaggs, Bryan Stevenson, Mary Wynne Still, Mike Talboy and Jake Zimmerman

Roughly a dozen letters asking for leniency for Jeff Smith were also made public. But many more, including a request from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, remain sealed from public view.

A small sampling of letters in both cases is viewable here or below.

Brown and Smith Letters 1

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