Another Mo. Democrat pleads guilty

Sept. 24, 2009 at 4:36 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- State Rep. Talibdin El-Amin dealt another blow to the Missouri Democratic Party when he pleaded guilty Thursday to taking a $2,100 bribe.

After his hearing, El-Amin said he is resigning from the legislature, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

El-Amin is the third Missouri Democratic legislator in a month to enter a guilty plea in federal court and quit. State Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Steve Brown appeared in court in late August.

The charges against El-Amin were unrelated to those against Smith and Brown.

El-Amin admitted accepting a bribe from a gas station owner.

El-Amin waived indictment. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 14.

While El-Amin, a former auto worker, had been in the legislature only since 2006, he had become known for sponsoring legislation that brought him publicity. He introduced a bill to regulate sales of baking soda, which is used in making crack cocaine.

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