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Tag: Patrick Fitzgerald

Head of Boston FBI Warren Bamford to Retire

Warren Bamford

Warren Bamford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Warren Bamford, a well-respected figure in the FBI who heads the Boston office, will retire next month after 24 years with the agency to take a job with a private utility, the Boston Globe reported.

Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the Boston FBI, told the Globe Bamford’s last day will be June 18. He will take a job with the National Grid.

His departure leaves open two big FBI offices. Director Robert Mueller III is looking to fill the head job in New York.

Bamford, 51, was named “Fed of the Year” by ticklethewire.com in 2009. The award went to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald the year before.

Atty. Gen. Holder Picks U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald to Probe Photos of CIA Officers Found in Gitmo Prisoner’s Cell

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has picked one of the nation’s most tenacious federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, to investigate “whether defense lawyers at Guantánamo Bay compromised the identities of covert CIA officers,” Newsweek’s DeClassified column reported.

“The probe was triggered by the discovery last year of about 20 color photographs of CIA officials in the cell of Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, an alleged financier of the 9/11 attacks, say three current and former government officials who asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case,” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball reported.

The magazine reports that the photos included snapshots of CIA officers on the street and in other public places.

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Chicago U.S. Atty. Pat Fitzgerald to Personally Prosecute Mumbai Case

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, regarded as the gold standard for U.S. Attorneys, plans to personally prosecute two men accused of being part of the 2008 bombings in Mumbai, India that killed 170 people, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The paper reported that Fitzgerald has personally prosecuted only one case in Chicago since arriving in 2001 from New York.

Fitzgerald had prosecuted terrorism cases in New York and was named a special prosecutor in Washington in the leak case of  CIA operative Valerie Plame, which resulted in the conviction in 2007 of  Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby.

In Chicago, Fitzgerald will join assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Collins and Vicki Peters in prosecuting the Mumbai bombing defendants Tahawwur Rana and David Headley, the paper reported.

Ex-Gov Blago Blames Fed Prosecutor Fitzgerald for Suicide of Fundraiser

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich never misses a chance to take a shot at his nemesis, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. This time is no different.

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By Amanda Carpenter
Washington Times

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich blamed federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald for the suicide of his friend Christopher Kelly and likened the attorney’s tactics to those used by a Soviet spy service in an interview with the Washington Times’ American Morning News on Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald has accused the governor of engaging in a “political corruption crime spree” and had him arrested last year in order, he said, to stop him from selling President Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Mr. Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office by the Illinois legislature in January, but has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

When asked how he felt about Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Blagojevich said he was holding him personally responsible for the suicide of his former fundraiser Kelly who was also charged in the corruption case. “His allegations are false, flat out false and his tactics, his tactics are very, very much open to question,” Mr. Blagojevich said. “Somebody now has taken his life because the pressure he felt to lie about me.”

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The Blagojevich Circus is Returning: This Time With a Book

Yes, the Rod Blagojevich circus is coming back to town. Expect to see plenty appearances on tv as he hawks his book. In it, he blames five people for his problems including U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald.

blago-book

By Stacy St. Clair, Jeff Coen and Rick Pearson
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — After myriad television appearances, radio shows and news conferences since his arrest on corruption charges, the seemingly omnipresent former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made the case for his innocence again, this time in a 259-page memoir that offers small glimpses of both his rocky tenure and his upcoming criminal defense.

In his book “The Governor,” Blagojevich likens his downfall to a Shakespearean tragedy, suggesting his epic demise steals elements from “Othello,” “King Lear” and “Julius Caesar.”

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U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald Says Reporters Need To Disclose Sources When Ordered

Patrick Fitzgerald says reporters must obey when ordered by a judge to reveal sources. I disagree. Some of the biggest corruption scandals would never have come to light without reporters’ willingness to protect sources and go to jail if necessary. Besides, the real point here is that Congress needs to pass a federal shield law to protect reporters and sources. That would end the argument about being above the law.

Patrick Fitzgerald/ticklethewire.com photo

Patrick Fitzgerald/ticklethewire photo

By James Podgers
ABA Journal
CHICAGO – Journalists should not put themselves above the law in their efforts to protect sources and confidential information, said Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, today at a program during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Prosecutors and reporters share an interest in gathering information that can help expose corruption and uncover wrongdoing by government officials and those who wield power, Fitzgerald said, but those interests do not always match.

“No one is against the right to know,” said Fitzgerald at the program sponsored by the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, “but we both have strong views about the best way to get to the truth in a particular case.” He emphasized that his comments were not intended to reflect policy positions of the Obama administration.

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Ex-Judge at ABA Criticizes U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald in Blagojevich Case

Should a U.S. Attorney come out with verbal guns blazing after making an arrest? Is it unfair to the defendant? Is it unfair to  the public to keep quiet? Where’s the boundaries?

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BY ABDON M. PALLASCH
Chicago Sun-Times Political Reporter
CHICAGO — Speaking to 200 lawyers from around the country Thursday, retired appellate Judge Abner Mikva criticized U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for showing a bit too much enthusiasm at a news conferences announcing charges against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“I certainly don’t like the prosecutor coming out and trying his case [in the media] and possibly tainting the jury pool with a big press conference announcing he has indicted so-and-so, or, in Blagojevich’s case, has arrested so-and-so — he hadn’t even reached an indictment yet,” Mikva saids at the American Bar Association convention.

“The argument is made by some prosecutors that this is a part of a public information factor of a prosecutor’s job, and they have to do it. That’s nonsense.”

Fitzgerald gained a reputation during his first seven years as U.S. attorney for avoiding colorful language at news conferences and refusing to entertain questions that fell outside “the four corners of the indictment.”

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LA Times Editorial: The Inescapable Politics of Selecting U.S. Attys

Sen. Leahy meets with Eric Holder before confirmation (left)/official photo

Sen. Leahy meets with Eric Holder before Holder confirmation (left)/official photo

Los Angeles Times
Editorial Page

During the uproar over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration, an ordinary citizen could be excused for thinking that Democrats opposed any role for partisan politics in the operation of the Justice Department.

That naive notion has been dispelled as President Obama moves to install his own appointees as chief federal prosecutors.

It doesn’t follow that Obama and Eric H. Holder Jr.will countenance the abuses that occurred in the Bush Justice Department, some of which are under criminal investigation. But it demonstrates that, regardless of which party is in power, U.S. attorneys will not be chosen by merit alone.

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