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Man sentenced to probation for trying to bribe lawyer

A North Side man was sentenced to 24 months probation Wednesday for trying to bribe prominent defense attorney Sam Adam Jr.

Cook County Judge William Lacy also ordered Eric Hays to perform 30 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to bribery for offering to refuse to testify against a client of Adam’s in exchange for $5,000.

Hays, 44, of the 2300 block of West Farragut, had made the offer in calls he made to Adam in August 2011, Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Zebelian said.

“Justice has been served,” Adam said following Wednesday’s hearing.

Adam has represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and singer R. Kelly.

Hays refused comment.


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