This is Patrick Fitzgerald. He’s the federal prosecutor who announced the corruption charges against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Read his biography below, see photos and watch a video.

Patrick Fitzgerald has rocked the political world with the arrest of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, a Democrat, on corruption charges for allegedly conspiring to sell the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by The One.

In a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris, were accused of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and influence-peddling in a deal involving the Chicago Tribune.

After a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon, the governor was released on bail. ‘Blago’ has been under investigation since 2003 for a variety of shady Chicago-style dealings. He has denied any wrongdoing even though he was clearly caught on FBI wiretaps trying to sell the vacant senate seat in Illinois – for his own personal gain – to the highest bidder.

You can go here to read the 76-page affidavit by the United States Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Illinois.

Patrick Fitzgerald Biography

Patrick J. Fitzgerald was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York so his age is 47. He is currently the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Patrick was born into a working-class Irish-American Catholic family in Brooklyn and grew up in the Midwood-Flatbush neighborhood. His father who was also named Patrick Fitzgerald, worked as a doorman in Manhattan. He attended Amherst College and received degrees in economics and mathematics before attending Harvard Law School in 1985, where he received his J.D.

After practicing civil law, Fitzgerald became an Assistant United States Attorney in New York City in 1988.
He served 13 years in this position, helping prosecute organized crime cases such as Mafia figure John Gambino, the boss of the Gambino crime family. He also prosecuted terrorism cases such as Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and 11 others involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

For the embassy bombings trial, Fitzgerald taught himself some basic Arabic. Often, he would question an Arabic-speaking witness using an Arabic word or two, spelling it for the court reporter, and translating for the jury.

There have been other high profile prosecutions on Fitzgerald’s resume including former Illinois Governor George Ryan, media mogul Lord Conrad Black, and several aides to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

Most recently, he was lead prosecutor and special counsel on the Valerie Plame/CIA identity leak case. During his investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity as a CIA official, Fitzgerald took his share of criticism, especially from conservative Republicans such as myself, who objected to his prosecution of Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Libby was never charged with leaking that Plame was employed by the CIA, but rather with lying to the FBI and to a federal grand jury about his role in the leak. Libby was convicted of 4 out of 5 charges of lying under oath.

Following the Libby verdict, Fitzgerald announced on the courthouse steps that everyone would be ‘returning to their day jobs’… his, of course, back to Chicago and ultimately to the investigation of Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Patrick Fitzgerald married for the first time this past June. His bride is Jennifer Letzkus. This is her second marriage.

Patrick Fitzgerald ‘Governor Crime Spree’ Video