Four indicted in imported cheese scheme

CHICAGO, April 19 (UPI) -- Four people were indicted in Chicago on charges of conspiring to import and sell more than 110,000 pounds of tainted cheese in 2007.
Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years

Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years

CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison and fined him $20,000 for corruption.

Drug, passport charges brings arrests

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Two dozen members of a Chicago street gang have been charged with drug trafficking and passport fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
Blago: Prosecutor 'man enough' to meet?

Blago: Prosecutor 'man enough' to meet?

CHICAGO, April 21 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich called federal prosecutors "cowards and liars" and challenged Chicago's U.S. attorney to meet him in court Wednesday.

Alleged drug lord extradited to U.S.

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- An alleged leader of one of Mexico's biggest drug cartels has been extradited to the United States to face federal drug-trafficking charges, officials said.

Cook County Jail violates rights says U.S.

CHICAGO, July 17 (UPI) -- Inmates' constitutional rights are being violated by conditions at Chicago's Cook County Jail, said a U.S. Justice Department investigation.

White House blocks panel from FBI files

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- The White House has claimed executive privilege, blocking a U.S. House panel's efforts to get internal FBI reports about the leak of a CIA officer's identity.

Juror removed from Libby trial

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- One of the jurors in the perjury trial against I. Lewis Libby Jr., a former aide to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, was dismissed Monday over media exposure. Federal Judge Reggie B. Walton said he was forced to dismiss the female juror from the ongoing c

Times asks Supreme Court to bar prosecutor

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The New York Times has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to bar a federal prosecutor from reviewing phone records of two of its reporters.

Rove testifies again on CIA leak case

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove reportedly told a grand jury he didn't deliberately make false statements to authorities in the CIA leak case. Quoting sources close to the aide, The Washington Post reported Rove testified for the fifth time We

Judge in Libby trial threatens gag order

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- The federal judge in the pending Washington trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has threatened a gag order to stop disclosures to reporters.

Report: Plan to discredit Wilson revealed

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald says Vice President Cheney was part of a concerted action to discredit a critic of the war in Iraq.

Bush spokesman defends leak

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- A White House spokesman said President Bush approved a leak of classified information because it served a "public interest" and didn't compromise security.

Lawyer: Leak info won't affect Libby case

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- The attorney for a former top White House aide said reports that U.S. President George Bush authorized a leak won't impact the ex-aide's case.

CIA refuses to release documents

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence officials don't plan to give copies of secret papers sought by lawyers for Lewis Libby, former vice presidential chief of staff.
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Patrick J. Fitzgerald
Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is investigating the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) leak case, returns to his office in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2005. The speculation continues that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and/or President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove will be indicted soon in regards to the investigation of the disclosure of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity. (UPI Photo/Jonathan Samuels)

Patrick J. Fitzgerald (born December 22, 1960) is the current United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel. He was the federal prosecutor in charge of the investigation of the Valerie Plame Affair, which led to the prosecution and conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Scooter Libby for perjury. He has been involved in a number of other high-profile cases, pursuing Illinois Governor George Ryan, media mogul Lord Conrad Black, several aides to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in the Hired Truck Program, and Chicago detective and torturer Jon Burge. His office is currently investigating an alleged conspiracy to sell Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, which led to the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on December 9, 2008 on corruption charges.

Fitzgerald was born into an Irish-American Catholic family in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, growing up in the Midwood-Flatbush neighborhood. His father (also Patrick Fitzgerald) worked as a doorman in Manhattan.

Fitzgerald attended Our Lady of Help Christian's grammar school, before going on to Regis High School, a prestigious Jesuit Catholic school in Manhattan, and received degrees in economics and mathematics from Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa, before receiving his JD from Harvard Law School in 1985. Fitzgerald played rugby at Amherst and while at Harvard, he was a member of the Harvard Business School Rugby Club.

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