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corruption in the cook county courts
presented by mr. terrence hake
wednesday, march 22, 2023
[up to 2 hours pr ethics cle credit approved]
Please join the McLean County Bar Association and The Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University in welcoming Mr. Terrence Hake. Mr. Hake was a young attorney who became an important untrained undercover agent in America's biggest corruption bust (Operation Greylord).
Mr. Hake relates how as a young prosecutor in complained about the corruption in the Cook County Courts. After his complaint, he was approached the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI to work undercover as a prosecutor and later as a criminal defense attorney in Operation Greylord. Mr. Hake was undercover as an attorney for almost four years. Greylord is one of the FBI’s most successful undercover cases. Relating the facts of the corruption in the Circuit Court of Cook County is still a relevant lesson in ethics for law students and attorneys in 2015.
- 3.5 years of work as an attorney undercover, posing as a corrupt prosecutor by accepting bribes
- Investigation Greylord resulted in bribery charges being filed against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel
- Professional Legal Ethics rocked to its core!