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Attorney Spends A Day In Jail For Contempt

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Des Plaines attorney got a different view of the justice system as he spent the night in the Cook County Jail last week.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, it was not the entire night. Wayne Adams was released at 3 a.m. from the jail complex at 26th Street and California Avenue, according to the Daily Herald.

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Adams had been found guilty of indirect criminal contempt of court for not appearing for a jury trial at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. He was sentenced by Rolling Meadows Judge Alfred Levinson to two days in jail, the Daily Herald reported. But he ended up serving less than 24 hours.

When Adams was released, he didn’t have a dime on him, nor a cell phone. He told the Daily Herald he would get his money back in the form of a check, and that he should leave his cell phone and credit cards at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse, the newspaper reported.

Adams said he was held in contempt because he and the village prosecutor had agreed on a continuance for a jury trial in Rolling Meadows to Nov. 16, but the judge said no and ordered them to come back later the same day, the Daily Herald reported. Adams did not come back for court in the afternoon because he had to go to a real estate closing, but Judge Levinson still found him in contempt, the Daily Herald reported.

Adams is a former police officer and a onetime Des Plaines alderman, according to the newspaper.