|Intro:||Another democratic legislator faced charges today, so some believe there is a larger issue than bribery under investigation. Allison Blood has more from Jefferson City.|
Wrap: St. Louis Democratic representative Talibdin El-Amin pled guilty to charges of bribery Thursday, but one politicial science professor thinks that's not the end of the road.
The federal government charged El-Amin with soliciting and accepting a bribe of 2,100 dollars from a gas station owner.
Kenneth Warren teaches political science at St. Louis University, and he finds it extremely strange that a federal court would take interest in a relatively petty case.
|Description: "What the hell is going on here? Because the US Attourney's office does not normally do this kind of thing."|
|Description: "They have a very limited budget, they prioritize their investigations and they normally don't have money for investigating some of these, well, what a lot of people regard, are petty offenses."|
Warren said the situation leads him to wonder how political the indictments of Democrats like Senator Jeff Smith and Representative Steve Brown are.
Warren pointed to Republicans.
|Description: "This emminates from Catherine Hannoway, a republican, who is now out of office, and she has not been replaced yet."|
|Description: "It damages the public the public trust, and as somebody that holds the public trust, you find that upsetting because ultimately you want people to have confidence in your government."|
Perhaps this is not a partisan issue.
All three of these men represent the St. Louis area.
Democratic House leader Paul LeVota was unsure what to make of the recent indictments.
|Description: "Seems like a, uh, real problem for St. Louis Democrats, and you know, I just, I just don't know how else to react besides uh, this shouldn't be happening."|
From Jefferson City, this is Allison Blood, KSMU News.
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