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First Greylord Conviction Upheld By Appeals Court

July 31, 1985

CHICAGO (AP) _ A federal appeals court has affirmed the first conviction in Operation Greylord, the 31/2 -year investigation of corruption in the Cook County court system.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the conviction of Harold Conn, a former Traffic Court deputy clerk found guilty of accepting $1,610 in bribes in return for fixing court cases.

The three-judge panel concluded that a court-approved, tape-recorded conversation between Conn and Terrence Hake, an FBI agent posing as a corrupt defense attorney, put Conn squarely at the heart of a criminal conspiracy.

Conn was convicted in March 1984 of nine counts of racketeering and one count of extortion. He has been sentenced to six years in prison.

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