Patrick Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will be resigning his position as of June 30th and many are praising his time in office. Patrick Fitzgerald reiterated at a press conference that he has no career plans at this point, but emphatically seem to rule out running for an elective office or being a criminal defense attorney. He’s 100 percent certain he won’t ever seek elective office. “I am not wired to campaign for anything or run for elective office, period,” he said.
He also seemed to ruled out being a defense attorney when asked the question whether he could see himself on the opposite side of the courtroom in his next job, Fitzgerald quipped, “Can you see me as a defense attorney?”
He did say that he will take the summer to mull over his options. “I thought this was the right time.” he told the media. He added that a “fresh view, a fresh set of eyes” are good for the office. “It’s important that there be change.”
As for him personally, “I have to figure what I’m doing next.” Fitzgerald continued. He stated that he doesn’t have a plan at this time, but that he “loves public service.” His name has come up in the past to lead the FBI or possibly United States Attorney General.
Patrick Fitzgerald, has been called many things. Former United States former Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald (no relation), called him a “transformational U.S. attorney.”
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement. “I thank Patrick Fitzgerald for all the hard work he and the U.S. Attorney’s office have done to root out and prosecute corruption in Illinois. He has made Illinois a more ethical state by bringing justice to those who betrayed the public’s trust. On behalf of the people of Illinois, I hope his successor will live up to the high standard he has set for all public officials,” said Governor Quinn.
Patrick Fitzgerald changed many lives as a transformational U.S. attorney, having successfully prosecuted two Illinois governors. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich are both serving time in federal prison.
In addition to the former Illinois governors, Patrick Fitzgerald and the United States Attorney’s office also prosecuted former Chicago Sun Times owner Conrad Black. And David Radler the CEO of the Chicago Sun Times (Hollinger Publishing). Several aides to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Hired Truck Program and Chicago detective and alleged torturer Jon Burge were also prosecuted. He was tapped as a special prosecutor to investigate the disclosure of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. Eventually he won the conviction against Libby, although President George W. Bush later commuted his sentence.
He also prosecuted former Chicago City Clerk James Laski for corruption. He investigated and prosecuted bribery charges in Chicago’s Zoning and Building Departments. And he also prosecuted Tony Rezko. The list does go on.
Patrick Fitzgerald prosecuted Democrats and Republicans with equal fervor. He also prosecuted major political figures and minor political figures with the same fervor. To Patrick Fitzgerald, corruption saw no class distinction.
Anton Valukas, who headed the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago from 1985-1990 and is currently chairman of the prestigious law firm of Jenner and Block, said in a statement, “He’s done an incredible job. Most of us in this profession think the world’s wide open for him. All the big firms in the country will want him to come to the private side and I would be surprised if he is not considered for a high political post.”
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