Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's brother Robert had some harsh words in response to the news that the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted them both would be stepping down.
Asked about Patrick Fitzgerald's announcement that he would step down on June 30 after more than a decade serving Northern Illinois, Robert Blagojevich told CBS Chicago, “I thought it was a good day for civil liberties."
Robert Blagojevich was prosecuted during the criminal investigation and trial brought against the former governor, amid accusations that he contributed to his brother's illicit campaign financing.
Charges against Robert were dropped after the jury deadlocked on all but one of 24 charges against the businessman and former Army officer.
While the charges are behind him, Blagojevich apparently still has hard feelings for Fitzgerald.
"He had been in office for years and had amassed a lot of power," Robert Blagojevich said, according to ABC Chicago. "I believe he was allowed to override people. He did anything he could to get his point and prosecution, even using me."
Other colleagues had kinder words for the U.S. Attorney after he announced his planned departure.
"He's just a guy who does the right thing," said Joel Levin, an attorney who helped Fitzpatrick's office former Governor George Ryan. "He is a person of incredible integrity."
Fitzgerald has dispelled rumors that his next career move will be a run for political office, but said he could see himself accepting another government position.