Public Defender Accused of Assault Freed Without Bond

Henry Hams accused of pushing, choking prosecutor outside court

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    Henry Hams

    A Cook County public defender charged with pushing and choking a prosecutor has been released from custody.

    Henry Hams was released on an I-bond Friday, meaning he didn't have to post any cash. Authorities say Hams requested a police escort away from Cook County Jail but was denied.

    The 47-year-old is charged with resisting arrest and aggravated battery in a public place.

    Authorities say he and the assistant state's attorney argued about a court date for a case on Thursday, and the argument spilled over into a hallway at the Cook County Criminal Court building.

    When deputies tried to break up the fight, Hams was allegedly on top of the prosecutor with both hands around his neck.

    The prosecutor and a deputy suffered minor injuries.