Jeff Smith

Smith draws inspiration from prison stay

Jeff Smith, former adjunct professor at Washington University and former Missouri state senator who served nearly a year in prison for obstruction of justice, is writing a book about his experiences in politics, urban education and prison.

| News editor

Social media enters new realm: Mr. Smith tweets from prison

Jeff Smith is tweeting. From prison. Well, technically he is e-mailing his tweets to a former aide to post on his behalf, but close enough. This 134-character announcement is a fairly typical example of the jail posts released by JeffSmith7037 thus far: “got elbowed in the paint today on b-ball court, t-shirt bloody, had to tell guard asap to make sure i don’t get in trouble 4 fighting.”

| Forum Editor

In interview, Smith looks back

Prison life will soon be here for Jeff Smith.
“Surely it won’t be a picnic,” Smith said. “But I’m a strong person, and I’ve overcome things before…so I’ll get through it, with the help of friends and family and a great support system.”

| Copy Chief

Jeff Smith gets 1 year in prison, $50,000 fine

Former state Sen. Jeff Smith was sentenced on Tuesday in St. Louis federal court to one year in prison on federal charges. Steve Brown and Nick Adams were also sentenced.

| Copy Chief

Jeff Smith, 2 others to be sentenced on federal charges

Mr. Smith’s long journey is about to end.
A former Democratic state senator from St. Louis and a Washington University political science instructor, Jeff Smith will be sentenced in federal court in St. Louis on Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and resigned from the Missouri Senate on Aug. 25.

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An open letter to professor Jeff Smith

Dear Professor Smith, Over the past few weeks, we have dissected your actions in our boardroom, wondering about the relationship between your prosecution and the role you once held in leading our inquiring young minds. The Washington University and greater St. Louis communities have come to see you as a cliché, a fraud and a […]

Mr. Smith goes to prison

Moreso than perhaps any other industry, politics requires its young aspirants to attach their hopes and dreams to the career of another individual. The most common path to success for aspiring political strategists is typically to dedicate themselves wholly to the campaign of a promising candidate and hope for victory. For those who choose the […]

| Forum Editor

Cutting the Center for Ethics a regrettable, responsible decision

Last Spring, we made a policy prescription for the Washington University administration, given a newly anemic endowment and the resulting diminished operating budget. In a staff editorial published on April 28, 2009, we wrote, “Any changes in the operating budget should prioritize internal well-being above public image.” We stand by this statement now as we […]

Ohlsen tied to Smith, Clayton bombing

New information about the 2008 bombing at the parking garage at 190 Carondelet Blvd. in Clayton has brought new attention to Milton “Skip” Ohlsen III, a former Democratic campaign strategist also tied to former state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, and former state Rep. Steve Brown, D-Clayton, who resigned from the Missouri General Assembly on Tuesday.

| News Editor

State Sen. Jeff Smith resigns, pleads guilty to federal charges

Jeff Smith, a Missouri state senator who frequently taught at Washington University, resigned his Senate seat and pled guilty in federal court on Tuesday to two counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, after weeks of speculation about a federal investigation into Smith and others who worked on his 2004 congressional campaign.

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