Fitzgerald, Patrick J.
|born on||22 December 1960|
|Place||Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||00°52' or|
American attorney, a prosecutor who was named Special Counsel by the U.S. Attorney General's Office on December 30, 2003 to head the investigation into who leaked the identity of an undercover CIA agent, Valerie Plame. The person(s) who divulged the information might well be high up in the George W. Bush administration and Karl Rove was implicated by name for mentioning her, however obliquely, to Robert Novak, a journalist. The motive for outing the agent has been reported to be retaliation against her husband, Robert Wilson, who had written unflattering reports of how the Bush administration used deception to lead the nation into war on Iraq.
In 2005, Fitzgerald sentenced New York Times reporter Judith Miller to jail for not revealing her sources. Considered tough, fair-minded, and probing, Fitzgerald's decision nevertheless provoked a great deal of publicity around whether the country ought to have a federal shield law protecting reporters from having to identify anonymous sources.
Fitzgerald is not afraid of controversy and does not seem to be intimidated by tough cases. Justice seems to be his goal. He indicted Osama bin laden in 1998 for the first attacks on the US World Trade Center and imprisoned a high-level mobster, John Gambino in 1994.
Fitzgerald is the son of Irish immigrants; his father worked as a doorman in Manhattan. Young Patrick won a scholarship to attend Regis High School, a prestigious Jesuit academy, and earned his bachelor of arts in 1982 from Amherst College where he stood out as "strikingly intelligent" and able to distill large amounts of information into a "simple understandable narrative," thereby helping out his class mates. A competitive rugby player, he had a "clever, sarcastic wit," one of his friends said.
In 1985 he earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. His first position out of law school was as a civil litigator at a New York Law firm, where he worked from 1985-1988. In 1998 he became Assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York and worked on crimes perpetrated by high-level mobsters, drug dealers and terrorists. He successfully tried four defendants in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Fitzgerald is unmarried.
- Work : Begin Major Project 1985 (Civil litigator)
- Work : Begin Major Project 1998 (Assistant District Attorney)
PT quotes news report by Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The Baltimore Sun on 7/19/2005
- Traits : Personality : Disciplined
- Traits : Personality : Personality robust
- Family : Relationship : Married late/never
- Vocation : Law : Attorney