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Friday, May 25, 2012
Courts - More on: Nationally-known, Chicago-based U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to retire
Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law has a column today headed "Chicago Law: What next for outgoing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald? Given what others have done, question isn't idle speculation." A few quotes from the long story:
Talk about Fitzgerald's future isn't just idle speculation. U.S. attorneys have become mayors, governors and other elected officials. They become judges. They take senior positions in the federal government. And they have gone into the business world and run powerful law firms.
Fitzgerald has all of those options ahead of him but one. He ruled out running for political office.
"I'm not wired to campaign for anything or run for elected office, period," he said.
Fitzgerald dropped some hints during his news conference about his future interests. There was speculation a few years ago that he might be interested in becoming FBI director. He said it would be presumptuous to even discuss such a job, but there's no question he loves being a public servant.
"I am a government person," he said. "That's the way I look at things."
When asked if he could see himself on the other side of a table from prosecutors, he quipped, "Can you imagine me as a defense attorney?"
The remark drew laughter, because Fitzgerald has spent most of his career as a prosecutor, putting away corrupt politicians, mobsters, terrorists, gangsters and the occasional corporate scam artist. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave him high praise, calling him a "prosecutor's prosecutor." * * *
While it would be difficult to imagine Fitzgerald representing people accused of crimes, it's not hard to see him working inside a large international law firm, say people close to him. Among other things, former prosecutors are valued for their ability to manage and conduct internal investigations for corporate clients. Fitzgerald is a dogged investigator known to search for the truth, not just enough evidence to bring charges.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 25, 2012 09:40 AM
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