Don't Try Lying to This Guy

When the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago needed a new top prosecutor in 2001, then Senator Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois called Louis Freeh, director of the FBI, for advice. "I asked, 'Who is the best Assistant U.S. Attorney in the nation?'" he recalls. "Freeh said, 'Patrick Fitzgerald.'" The Senator, who is not related, then called Mary Jo White, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. "I asked her who was the best assistant in her office. She said, 'Patrick Fitzgerald.'"

Chicago had its man.

Whether Patrick Fitzgerald still ranks among the nation's best prosecutors is open to debate, but his success in securing...

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