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This is a 1.5 Hour PRMCLE Presentation. Lunch will be provided. Please pre-register so that we have accurate attendance expectations when ordering food. Only DCBA members will receive PRMCLE credit for this free seminar.
Operation Greylord: Corruption in the Cook County Legal System
Mr. Hake relates how as a young prosecutor he complained about the corruption in the courts and then was approached by 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. Greylord is one of the FBI’s most successful undercover cases. Telling the stories of the corruption in the Circuit Court of Cook County and how the cases were investigated and prosecuted is a still relevant lesson in ethics for law students and attorneys in 2015.
Terrence Hake is 1977 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. He served for three years as prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, Illinois and later as an FBI Agent in Chicago. In April of 1980, he agreed to assist the FBI and the United States Attorney's Office in an investigation of the Cook County Court system. For three and one half years he worked undercover posing as a corrupt prosecutor by accepting bribes from attorneys and later as an attorney in private practice making payoffs to judges and court personnel for the dismissal of cases. The investigation, known as “Operation Greylord", resulted in bribery and tax charges being filed against 103 judges, lawyers and other court personnel and is one of the FBI's most successful undercover investigations. When the last Greylord trial concluded in 1994, Mr. Hake had testified at the trials of 23 defendants. After serving in federal law enforcement for 23 years, he retired from the United States Department of Justice Office of Inspector General and eventually returned to the practice of law as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County.
Mr. Hake has lectured extensively to business professionals, attorneys and law students concerning the ethical lessons learned from Greylord. He is a member of the faculty at the Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.