Friday, March 09, 2007

The War On Corruption

While reading various articles the other day, concerning the Scooter Libby verdict, I came across a few articles about the prosecutor in the case, Donald Fitzgerald. The Chicago Tribune, appropriate since Fitzgerald is based in Chicago, ran several stories about him, including this one, where near the top of the page I linked to made this interesting observation:
When Fitzgerald arrived in Chicago in 2001, he was known in legal circles as the nation's pre-eminent terror prosecutor.

He secured a conviction in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 U.S. Embassy attacks in Africa, and drafted an indictment of Osama bin Laden before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

But his office's efforts here to prosecute terror cases have been less successful. In the high-profile cases of Enaam Arnaout and Muhammad Salah, prosecutors failed to convict either man of terrorism, though they were found guilty of lesser crimes.

Greater success has come in the area of public corruption, a traditional strength of the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago. In addition to Ryan, prosecutors under Fitzgerald convicted Daley's former patronage chief, Robert Sorich, of corruption.
I think the implications of this seemingly routine observation might go unnoticed by many readers. This is saying that since Bush began his precious War on Terror, the top terror prosecutor in the nation, one of the top criminal prosecutors in the nation overall, has had more trouble trying to make cases for domestic terrorism than he has for political corruption.

np: Balance of Power - "Savage Tears"


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