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2nd judge draws prison term in Chicago corruption inquiry

Former Circuit Judge John J. Devine was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on a conviction stemming from the Operation Greylord investigation of corruption in the nation's largest court system.

Mr. Devine was found guilty Oct. 8 of accepting bribes and steering cases to crooked lawyers. He was convicted on 25 counts of extortion, 21 counts of mail fraud, and one count of racketeering.

He is the second judge to be sentenced to prison as a result of the 31/2-year undercover Greylord investigation of the circuit court system in Cook County. In June, Circuit Judge John M. Murphy was convicted on 24 of 27 counts of mail fraud, racketeering, and extortion and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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