Operation Greylord

The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America's Biggest Corruption Bust
Author: Terrence Hake
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781641051552
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 290
View: 6064
Operation Greylord is the definitive account of the largest corruption bust ever in the history of the United States, told from the prospective of Terrance Hake , who worked under cover posing as a corrupt prosecutor.

Operation Greylord

The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America's Biggest Corruption Bust
Author: Terrence Hake,Wayne Klatt
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781627229197
Category: History
Page: 350
View: 8043
This is the exciting story of Terrence Hake, the leader of the FBI's longest and most successful undercover operation—Operation Greylord. It's a true crime story that resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers and other court personnel. Terrence was a young assistant prosecutor in Chicago when asked to helm the investigation. Follow him as he spends four years ferreting out corruption in the Chicago machine.

Brotherhood of Corruption

A Cop Breaks the Silence on Police Abuse, Brutality, and Racial Profiling
Author: Juan Antonio Juarez
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613741413
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 5943
A former Chicago cop exposes shocking truths about the abuses of power within the city's police department in this memoir of violence, drugs, and men with badges. Juarez becomes a police officer because he wants to make a difference in gang-infested neighborhoods; but, as this book reveals, he ends up a corrupt member of the most powerful gang of all--the Chicago police force. Juarez shares the horrific indiscretions he witnessed during his seven years of service, from the sexually predatory officer, X, who routinely stops beautiful women for made-up traffic offenses and flirts with domestic violence victims, to sadistic Locallo, known on the streets as Locoman, who routinely stops gang members and beats them senseless. Working as a narcotics officer, Juarez begins to join his fellow officers in crossing the line between cop and criminal, as he takes advantage of his position and also becomes a participant in a system of racial profiling legitimized by the war on drugs. Ultimately, as Juarez discusses, his conscience gets the better of him and he tries to reform, only to be brought down by his own excesses. From the perspective of an insider, he tells of widespread abuses of power, random acts of brutality, and the code of silence that keeps law enforcers untouchable.

Operation Greylord

Brockton Lockwood's Story
Author: Brocton Lockwood,Harlan H. Mendenhall
Publisher: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 170
View: 5726
The author, a former judge in Illinois, recounts how he worked with the FBI to end the widespread corruption in the Chicago court system

Soft Corruption

How Unethical Conduct Undermines Good Government and What To Do About It
Author: William E. Schluter
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813586194
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 314
View: 9524
New Jersey has long been a breeding ground for political corruption, and most of it is perfectly legal. Public officials accept favors from lobbyists, give paid positions to relatives, and rig the electoral process to favor their cronies in a system where campaign money is used to buy government results. Such unethical behavior is known as “soft corruption,” and former New Jersey legislator William E. Schluter has been fighting it for the past fifty years. In this searing personal narrative, the former state senator recounts his fight to expose and reform these acts of government misconduct. Not afraid to cite specific cases of soft corruption in New Jersey politics, he paints a vivid portrait of public servants who care more about political power and personal gain than the public good. By recounting events that he witnessed firsthand in the Garden State, he provides dramatic illustrations of ills that afflict American politics nationwide. As he identifies five main forms of soft corruption, Schluter diagnoses the state government’s ethical malaise, and offers concrete policy suggestions for how it might be cured. Not simply a dive through the muck of New Jersey politics, Soft Corruption is an important first step to reforming our nation’s political system, a book that will inspire readers to demand that our elected officials can and must do better. Visit: www.softcorruption.com (http://www.softcorruption.com)


How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison
Author: Jeff Coen,John Chase
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613745257
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 496
View: 4805
No one did political corruption quite like Rod Blagojevich. The 40th governor of Illinois made international headlines in 2008 when he was roused from his bed and arrested by the FBI at his Chicago home. He was accused of running the state government as a criminal racket and, most shockingly, caught on tape trying to barter away President-elect Barack Obama’s US Senate seat. Most politicians would hunker down, stay quiet, and fight the federal case against them. But as he had done for years, Rod Blagojevich proved he was no ordinary politician. Instead, he fueled the headlines, proclaiming his innocence on seemingly every national talk show and street corner he could find.Revealing evidence from the investigation never before made public, Golden is the most complete telling yet of the Blagojevich story, written by two Chicago reporters who covered every step of his rise and fall and spent years sifting through evidence, compiling documents, and conducting more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Blagojevich from his childhood to his time in the governor’s office. Dispensing with sensationalism to present the facts about one of the nation’s most notorious politicians, the authors detail the mechanics of the corruption that brought the governor down and profile a fascinating and frustrating character who embodies much of what is wrong with modern politics. With Blagojevich now serving 14 years in prison, the time has come for the last word on who Blagojevich was, how he was elected, how he got himself into trouble, and how the feds took him down.

Mob Cop

My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department
Author: Fred Pascente,Sam Reaves
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613731345
Category: True Crime
Page: 336
View: 4828
Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, a central character in Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's Near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts make this story a matchless tell-all. Fred Pascente was a Chicago police officer for twenty-six years and a professional thief with close ties to the mafia. He died in 2014. Sam Reaves is the author of ten novels and has served as president of the Midwest chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Leaning on the Arc

A Personal History of Criminal Defense
Author: M. Gerald Schwartzbach
Publisher: Ankerwycke
ISBN: 9781634251372
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 2677
A fascinating look at the life of renowned trial lawyer M. Gerald Schwartzbach, who is perhaps best known for successfully defending actor Robert Blake against charges he had murdered his wife. You'll read true tales of murder to malpractice, sexual assault to domestic abuse, from protecting the right of dissent to advocating expanded rights for defendants.

The Pretender

My Life Undercover for the FBI
Author: Marc Ruskin
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 1250068630
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 3896
Of all the tools available to law enforcement, the living, breathing undercover operative remains the gold standard. This is true in TV shows and in the real world. In the era of electronic surveillance, UC work enforces accountability; it prevents mistakes, and of all the boots on the ground, undercover agents are often the most valuable. The FBI generally has about 100 UC agents working full-time in the field. In the 1990s and 2000s, Marc Ruskin had the most diverse, and notorious, case list of all, and the broadest experience within the bureaucracy, including overseas. He worked ops targeting public corruption, corporate fraud, Wall Street scams, narcotics trafficking, La Cosa Nostra, counterfeiting—and gritty street-level scams and schemes. Sometimes working three or four cases simultaneously, Ruskin switched identities by the day: Each morning he had to walk out the door with the correct ID, clothes, accessories and frame of mind for that day’s mission. Meet Alex Perez, Alejandro Marconi, and Sal Morelli, just a few of Ruskin’s undercover personas. And how is the right UC agent chosen, how is a bogus identity manufactured and “backstopped,” how is the Bureau's long-term con painstakingly assembled? No one has ever given us the inside story like Ruskin. The Pretender is the definitive narrative of undercover ops—the procedures, the successes, the failures--and the changes in the culture of the new-era FBI.

C-1 and the Chicago Mob

Author: Vincent L. Inserra
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493182773
Category: True Crime
Page: 316
View: 8161
This book was written as a tribute to all the agents who were assigned to Criminal Squad #1, more commonly referred to as the C-1 Squad, of the Chicago Division of the FBI from 1957 to 1976, a period of nineteen years. These agents were pioneers, who were required to wage war against one of the most powerfully entrenched organized crime organizations in the country since the days of Al Capone. It was at a time when the FBI did not have all the tools or legislation necessary to combat organized crime but they accomplished their goals aggressively with whatever means were available. This is a story of the unique challenges confronting these dedicated agents and the incomparable results achieved which resulted in severely disrupting and curtailing the activities of the Chicago mob. Mr. Inserra also chronicles parts of his career prior to and following his FBI experiences.

Stolen Legacy

Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin
Author: Dina Gold
Publisher: Ankerwycke
ISBN: 9781634254274
Page: 270
View: 3889
A riveting story of a Jewish family s legal battle to reclaim a building stolen from them by the Nazis in the 1930s. Written by the daughter of one of the original owners of the building, it details the history of its confiscation by the Nazis, and the family s legal fight to reclaim ownership. This is the first written account of a successful claim of a property seized by the Nazis in Germany."

King of the Gold Coast

Cap'n Streeter, the Millionaires and the Story of Lake Shore Drive
Author: Wayne Klatt
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614231796
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 1192
Chicago's breathtaking Lake Shore Drive, with its beaches and luxury homes, has its origin in a neglected marsh and a clandestine land development. Meet the uncrowned king of the disputed shore, George Wellington Streeter, the outlandish swindler, unlikely hero and self-proclaimed founder of the Gold Coast who tried to secede from the state of Illinois. Opposing him was the quiet vision of Potter Palmer and the full weight of his investment syndicate. With this keen piece of investigative history, Wayne Klatt uncovers the secrets that both sides of the conflict managed to keep in spite of lawsuits, state inquiries, a presidential forgery and two murder trials.


A Novel
Author: Anton Piatigorsky
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781634256094
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 2730
Al-Tounsi is the debut novel by the award-winning playwright, Anton Piatigorsky, and tells the story of the US Supreme Court's handling of a landmark case involving the rights of detainees held in a US military base. Although the novel follows the case as it maneuvers through the minds and hands of the Justices--the larger-than-life Killian Quinn in the throes of a dangerous affair, the ambitious but insecure Gideon Rosen desperate to make his mark on history, the famed feminist Sarah Kolmann staring down the prospect of losing her husband to cancer--it is ultimately shepherded by one Justice in particular, Rodney Sykes, who begins the novel in emotional crisis. After his wife's sudden death a year earlier, his relationship with Cassandra, his grown daughter, is in tatters, and he feels unable to repair it. As news of Cassandra's affair with her boss, a prominent circuit court Judge, comes to light, Rodney confronts his own repression and demons, and gradually allows his private life to influence his legal reasoning. Al-Tounsi explores in detail how the personal stories and life dramas, career rivalries and political sympathies of these titans blend with their philosophies to create the most important legal decisions of our time.

Thirty Years in the Trenches Covering Crooks, Characters, and Capers

Author: John Drummond
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781886094772
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 252
View: 2708
These are stories you won't read about in the Chicago guide books or travel brochures. Examine Justice Department transcripts involving mobsters and their victims. Meet some of Chicago's legendary characters. Listen in on high class hookers and escorts telling their secrets. Try to solve some of Chicago's most fascinating mysteries. Read about who gets the gravy and who doesn't in a TV newsroom. John Drummond takes you with him as he gets his story -- stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes brutal, sometimes poignant, and always fascinating. Book jacket.

The System

The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
Author: Jeff Benedict,Armen Keteyian
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0345803035
Category: Education
Page: 424
View: 1548
A revelatory account based on the authors' unprecedented access to the NCAA's highest-level programs throughout the 2012 season describes its high-powered system of billion-dollar television deals, high-priced coaches, football "hostessing," castoff athlete-students, and paid test takers.

The Unlikely Priest

Author: J. Perry Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780983966906
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 286
View: 2892
From Appalachia to California, from Mexico to the jungles of Vietnam to Central America and Europe, from frozen Minnesota to the Atlanta Olympics and steamy Puerto Rico, this is a remarkable story of a man who led many lives - bullfighter, Trappist monk, U.S. Army counterintelligence agent, CIA operative, FBI Agent and finally...Episcopal priest. The author tells of close encounters with bulls, Viet Cong, spies and thugs, bank robbers, famous officials and movie stars, and just-in-the-nick escapes from Mexico and Central America. He also tells a more personal story of broken trusts and abandonment... a story of a secret adoption and the author's relentless search to find the truth and a biological family. The author mustered all of his investigative skills and instincts to finally discover his biological roots. It was, however, ultimately his faith and hope that sustained him in the search for himself, and his one true father, God. A successful high-level government careerist, Perry wrote this memoir to inspire others to risk a life of service. In a time of national self-doubt and cynicism, this book offers an optimistic and inspired view of serving God and others, especially the nation.

The Impeachment of the House of Brunswick

Author: Charles Bradlaugh
Publisher: Litres
ISBN: 5040491530
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 1228

Courtroom 302

A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
Author: Steve Bogira
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030781419X
Category: Social Science
Page: 416
View: 2169
Steve Bogira’s riveting book takes us into the heart of America’s criminal justice system. Courtroom 302 is the story of one year in one courtroom in Chicago’s Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country. We see the system through the eyes of the men and women who experience it, not only in the courtroom but in the lockup, the jury room, the judge’s chambers, the spectators’ gallery. When the judge and his staff go to the scene of the crime during a burglary trial, we go with them on the sheriff’s bus. We witness from behind the scenes the highest-profile case of the year: three young white men, one of them the son of a reputed mobster, charged with the racially motivated beating of a thirteen-year-old black boy. And we follow the cases that are the daily grind of the court, like that of the middle-aged man whose crack addiction brings him repeatedly back before the judge. Bogira shows us how the war on drugs is choking the system, and how in most instances justice is dispensed–as, under the circumstances, it must be–rapidly and mindlessly. The stories that unfold in the courtroom are often tragic, but they no longer seem so to the people who work there. Says a deputy in 302: “You hear this stuff every day, and you’re like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s get this over with and move on to the next thing.’” Steve Bogira is, as Robert Caro says, “a masterful reporter.” His special gift is his understanding of people–and his ability to make us see and understand them. Fast-paced, gripping, and bursting with character and incident, Courtroom 302 is a unique illumination of our criminal court system that raises fundamental issues of race, civil rights, and justice. From the Hardcover edition.


Author: Lindsay Cameron
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781634250276
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 651
This new work of fiction provides an insider s view of the cut-throat world of big New York law firms. Mackenzie is two years into her job as an associate at a major Manhattan law firm and she s living her fantasy. But she s being tormented by a bitter senior associate and she s stuck with the deal from hell. As her dream job becomes a nightmare, if this is really the life she wants to lead?"