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Operation Greylord : The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America S Biggest Corruption Bust
by Terrence Hake and Wayne Klatt


Overview - Operation Greylord was the longest and most successful undercover investigation in FBI history, and the largest corruption bust ever in the U.S. It resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel, and, eventually, more than seventy indictments.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Operation Greylord was the longest and most successful undercover investigation in FBI history, and the largest corruption bust ever in the U.S. It resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel, and, eventually, more than seventy indictments. And it was led by Terrence Hake, a young assistant prosecutor in the Cook County State s Attorney s Office in Chicago, who worked undercover for nearly four years, accepting bribes, making payoffs, wearing a wire in bars and to racetracks, bugging a judge s chambers, and befriending people he knew he would betray. Operation Greylord has never before been detailed by an insider in the investigation."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781627229197
  • ISBN-10: 1627229191
  • Publisher: Ankerwycke
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 350
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


Related Categories

Books > True Crime > General
Books > Political Science > Corruption & Misconduct
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Lawyers & Judges

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

True crime narratives don’t get much more suspenseful than Hake’s account of his covert work to expose the endemic corruption in the Chicago court system. While Hake was a junior prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1979, he was appalled by the graft he witnessed; it ranged from attorneys paying off court clerks to get the names of defendants without lawyers, to judges taking bribes to dismiss drug cases. Hake’s complaints attracted the interest of the Justice Department, as none of his colleagues, who must have been aware of the same unethical behavior, had spoken up. The young prosecutor went undercover to gather evidence. The personal cost was high—his own reputation was tainted when Hake became known as someone who was on the take, and he had to balance loyalty and integrity after learning that a close friend accepted bribes. Despite the operation’s successes, Hake places the inquiry in context, noting that not every crooked judge was nailed, and that his work was only making up for the “failure of our law schools and attorney disciplinary boards.” (June)

 
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