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Public Defender clerk cleared of pot charge

Friday, February 27, 2009
SouthtownStar
by Sun Times News Group

A woman was acquitted of a drug charge stemming from allegations she accepted a large package of marijuana brought to her while she was working at the Cook County Public Defender's office in 2007.

Lamour Holloway was found innocent of one count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams during a bench trial Thursday before Cook County Judge Rosemary Grant Higgins, according to Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Holloway was working as a Cook County Public Defender's office clerk when she was nabbed Nov. 27, 2007, after a Chicago police officer delivered a package containing more than 38 pounds of marijuana posing as a UPS deliveryman.

At the time of her arrest, Holloway was a $34,000-a-year clerk in the public defender's office who at the time had worked for the public defender's office since 1997, records show.

A spokeswoman from the public defender's office was not immediately available for comment Friday.



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