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Fitzgerald praised for work as US attorney

Wed, 23 May 2012 15:11:23 CDT
By: AP

Patrick Fitzgerald is winning praise for a decade as U.S. attorney in Chicago that saw the prosecution of major political figures from both parties, including Illinois' last two governors.
But he's also being remembered for some controversial statements. Joel Levin is a former assistant U.S. attorney under Fitzgerald. He says Fitzgerald quickly earned the respect of those in his office because he had hands-on experience himself. He says Fitzgerald also wasn't political. But another former federal prosecutor in Chicago says Fitzgerald tarnished his reputation when first announcing charges against ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Phil Turner contends Fitzgerald's comments that Blagojevich was in the middle of a ``political corruption crime spree'' were inappropriate and unprofessional. Fitzgerald announced today that he's stepping down from the post, effective June 30.

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