U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald stepping down June 30

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Wow, I remember when this guy was the center of the left wing universe.

CHICAGO — In a city and state known for tenacious corruption, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald became known for equal tenacity in going after politicians of every stripe.

During more than a decade in Chicago, Fitzgerald put behind bars a former Republican governor and then his Democratic successor. He traveled to Washington to win convictions of a top aide to the vice president of the United States, and back home targeted an international media mogul and aides to one of the nation's most powerful mayors.

On Wednesday, two months after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into prison following Fitzgerald's insistence he be tried a second time for trying to sell a Senate appointment, Fitzgerald announced he is stepping down after 24 years as a prosecutor.

Fitzgerald gave no reason for his decision to leave the presidentially appointed post he's held since Sept. 1, 2001. During that time he's overseen prosecutions of Blagojevich and former Gov. George Ryan, former Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and media mogul Conrad Black. He took on public corruption, international terrorism, corporate fraud and organized crime.

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