10/11/2005

Daily Kos: Fitzgerald - Relentless.

Fitzgerald
by kos
Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 12:42:36 PM CDT

Relentless.

Friends and critics agree that his integrity is unassailable and that he is relentless. The list of people he has prosecuted -- including al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, former Illinois governor George Ryan and New York mobsters -- shows he has no qualms about going after the powerful.

Fitzgerald's politics, motivations and style have prompted debate.

"He has no agenda," says David Kelley, former U.S. attorney in New York and a longtime friend. "He looks at the facts, uncovers the facts and goes where the facts lead him."

Fitzgerald owes his current job to former Republican senator Peter Fitzgerald (no relation). If he pulls off this caper, Fitzgerald could run for governor of Illinois as a Republican and I'd give him a wide berth. There's something to be said about prosecutors who challenge the powerful regardless of political affiliation.

And yeah, Ronnie Earle, who has prosecuted powerful Democrats in far larger numbers than Republicans, qualifies as well.

Daily Kos: Fitzgerald

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