Monday, January 31, 2005

Organized Crime and Cook County Courts
The former judge who wore a wire for the feds in "Operation Greylord" will speak about his experiences tomorrow night (Feb. 1) in Harrisburg.

Brocton Lockwood, then a judge from Williamson County and now in his second stint as a circuit judge this time from Saline County, will be speaking to the Saline County Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the Saline Creek Pioneer Village and Museum.

In the 1980s he served as a Williamson County Circuit Judge who was transferred to Cook County to help deal with the overload of cases up there. Finding widespread corruption in the court system itself he wore a wire for the FBI in what they called Operation Greylord. The investigation eventually sent more than seventy people to prison.

Afterwards he wrote a book about his experiences, "Operation Greylord: The Brocton Lockwood Story".

I've got to teach tomorrow night or I would be there. Lockwood has also written about Delos Duty, Williamson County's prosecutor after the Herrin Massacre back in the 1920s.


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