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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Federal Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald takes on Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley's political empire. And he has a bead on Judith Miller, too....

Successful federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is on a roll.... one that began in 1993 when he bagged a top Gambino capo and hit the crime family in the gut. Other exceptional wins are chronicled in article excerpts below.

Now, along with going after the vast Chicago political answer to the Gambino crime family, Fitzgerald is questioning "journalist" Judith Miller's right to promise confidentiality to her source(s) in the CIA/Valerie Plame-Wilson leak case. Miller has gone to jail rather than reveal her source, something Fitzgerald says even the Attorney General or Director of Central Intelligence could not do.

So, exactly how is Judith Miller getting away with such recalcitrance? Why is she not being prosecuted for obstruction of justice and obstructing a federal criminal investigation? Inquiring minds want to know.....

More info below and here.
Prosecutor Takes on the Chicago Mayor

"CHICAGO - He sent members of New York's Gambino crime family to the federal pen and he jailed terrorists who planned to strike America with a wave of bombings. Now Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the federal prosecutor who heads Washington's CIA leak investigation, is also taking on City Hall. The 45-year-old New Yorker who is chief federal prosecutor in Chicago is digging deep into Mayor Richard M. Daley's political empire.

And former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is due to go to trial on federal corruption charges Sept. 15.
"His mission is to do justice," says Mary Jo White, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan who made Fitzgerald the chief of her anti-terrorism unit.

As the hard-driving, Harvard-educated son of a Brooklyn doorman flies between Chicago and Washington, chasing terrorists, cracking down on corrupt pols and hunting leakers, he's becoming one of America's best known federal prosecutors - and some say one of the toughest.
So intense has been his probe of payoffs and fraud at City Hall that rumors are flying about a possible effort by politicians to get Fitzgerald out of town....

Since arriving in Chicago in 2001, Fitzgerald has rooted out political corruption with the same zeal he applied to terrorism in New York. Dozens of city workers and trucking executives have been indicted in a payoff investigation, including the former boss at the city water department, who was a political powerhouse.

On April 29, agents raided City Hall and took away piles of records - resulting in fraud charges against two city officials from the mayor's family's home ward. They are accused of violating a long-standing court order against using politics as a basis for hiring workers....

Chicago officials aren't the only ones concerned about Fitzgerald's zeal. New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been jailed since July 6 for refusing to testify in his investigation of who leaked the fact that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA officer.

Miller said she was keeping her promise of confidentiality to her source. But Fitzgerald said not even the attorney general or director of central intelligence could make such a vow.

"I would love to tell someone, 'Come in, and tell me what you know. I will never betray who you are to anyone,'" Fitzgerald said. "I would love to say that in the hunt for bin Laden...."

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