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Former Rep. Brown’s law license may be suspended

State legal authorities took steps today to temporarily suspend the law license of a former state legislator entangled in election violations. The Clayton attorney, Steve Brown (pictured), last month pleaded guilty with Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, to obstructing a Federal Election Commission's investigation into a complaint filed by Russ Carnahan during the 2004 Congressional election. Brown and Smith both resigned from the Legislature.

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Bar loses legislative allies

Lawyers among possible replacements for Brown, Smith

The resignations of state Sen. Jeff Smith and state Rep. Steve Brown (pictured) signal the departure of two legislators intimately involved with issues involving lawyers and the judiciary. Already, the names of a few new lawyers are being circulated to replace them. Smith was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a body that often reviews legislation pertinent to the legal system. Brown, an attorney, was a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House General Laws Committee.

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Ohlsen investigated in 2008 Clayton bombing

Man said to be link between campaign ethics violations and state Sen. Jeff Smith

A former Democratic operative has been linked to the bombing in a Clayton parking garage that injured one Armstrong Teasdale attorney, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The newspaper said it obtained a copy of a federal warrant that allowed officials to search a downtown loft rented by Milton "Skip" Ohlsen III.

Ohlsen is said to be the link between campaign ethics violations and state Sen. Jeff Smith.

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Lawmakers resign over 2004 campaign

State Sen. Jeff Smith, Rep. Steve Brown enter guilty pleas in federal court

State legislators Jeff Smith (left) and Steve Brown (right), and campaign worker Nick Adams, pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstruction of justice related to investigations into Smith's 2004 congressional campaign. Smith and Brown resigned after entering their pleas.

See related story: Ohlsen investigated in 2008 Clayton bombing; Man said to be link between campaign ethics violations and Sen. Smith

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Smith, Brown resign seats; Nixon sets special election

State legislators Jeff Smith (left) and Steve Brown have submitted their resignation letters today to the governor's office after both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice charges. Nixon announced this afternoon that he's setting Nov. 3 as the special election date to fill the seats vacated by Smith, a senator from St. Louis, and Brown, a House member from Clayton and an attorney.

See earlier stories: Sen. Smith to resign from Senate; Lawyer: Rep. Steve Brown to plead guilty to obstructing justice

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Sen. Smith to resign from Senate

State Sen. Jeff Smith (pictured) has told a judge at a bond hearing that he will resign this afternoon in a fast-developing political scandal. Smith, D-St. Louis, and Rep. Steve Brown, D-Clayton, appeared before Judge Terry Adelman in U.S. District Court in St. Louis this afternoon. Each received $10,000 unsecured bonds. They will be back in court in a few minutes to plea guilty for charges related to irregularities in Smith's 2004 Congressional campaign.

See earlier story: Lawyer: Rep. Steve Brown to plead guilty to obstructing justice

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Lawyer: Rep. Steve Brown to plead guilty to obstructing justice

A St. Louis County state legislator and lawyer will plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to his attorney. St. Louis attorney Art Margulis told Missouri Lawyers Media that Rep. Steve Brown (pictured), D-Clayton, would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Margulis said that the first-term Democratic lawmaker would be in court to plead guilty at 1:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse in St. Louis.

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