Patrick Fitzgerald resigns as U.S. Attorney

By WEEK Producer

May 23, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM CDT

CHICAGO -- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is calling it quits.

Considered one of the most high profile federal prosecutors in the country, Fitzgerald is stepping down from his position after more than a decade on the job.

The 51-year-old Fitzgerald led the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame's status as a CIA agent and the prosecution of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Fitzgerald's served with integrity.

“His aggressive prosecution of wrongdoing - including politicians in both parties - has given fair warning that no one is above the law,” Durbin said. “Our nation is fortunate to have public servants of Patrick Fitzgerald’s caliber and integrity.”

Fitzgerald's resignation takes effect on June 30.

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