01/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Defends Blagojevich, Rips Fitzgerald

SAN FRANCISCO--In his memoir "Basic Brown," published in February, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. lauded U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald for his "admirably high standard," saying, "He doesn't bring indictments unless he knows he really has a case."

But after Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now-vacant Senate seat, Brown, also a former speaker of the California Assembly, abruptly changed his tune.

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