Oct 19, 2007

What's All The Fuss About..?

Lawyer love The Fitzgerald file...

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is engaged!

One of the nation's most eligible bachelors and one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" plans to marry a Head Start teacher from Chicago named Jennifer Letzkus, 34, whose family hails from Decatur.

And it was the Washington Post that got the scoop.

"We are obsessed with him," said scoopster Amy Argetsinger, who printed the zinger in Thursday's editions.

"We are so happy for them but we want to respect their privacy," said Peggy Letzkus, Jennifer's stepmother, who is married to Jennifer's dad, Gerald. The couple lives in Decatur, where their daughter may tie the knot in a small, private ceremony this spring.

Randall Samborn, a spokesman for Fitzgerald who helps maintain a lid on his boss' obsessive privacy, chuckled at how long it took us to find out.

"Several of you reporters have known for a few days," he told Sneed. "I'm surprised it took so long to come out."

• • Background: Letzkus, who was described as a former investment banker and a marathon runner, was formerly married to Chicagoan Jeremy Crisup in 2001 and divorced in 2004. She also reported a burglary based on forcible entry to her apartment in 2006.

The heartbreak blog . . .

Chuckle central: Fitzgerald, who has a terrific sense of humor, has handled his share of personal teasing since coming to Chicago . . . but check out this excerpt from the "The Little Pink Clubhouse" blog about his engagement.

"Patrick Fitzgerald is engaged. This is the worst day EVER!

"Ladies, the day we've dreaded is here. Bring your own Kleenex. This will be legendary!

"This calls for chocolate, more chocolate, and chocolate after that! My heart is BROKEN. He's supposed to be pining away for ME, and he gets himself engaged to some gorgeous marathon running, Head Start teaching, former investment banker? How can this BE? She sounds like she's just perfect for my heartthrob. [sob! sob! sniff!] Congratulations, you two. I hope you'll be blissfully happy together.

"In the meantime, I'll be cleaning out the chocolate supply in a three-state area!"

I couldn't have done it without everyone's help - it was love at first sight - my color coordinated suit and tie caught Jen's eye and according to her...I had her at "doh!" ;)

And thank you all for the well wishes and emails, especially Laura Bush -- though not quite sure what she meant by "marriage is not a word - it is a sentence!"


Blogger jan said...

I'm happy for them both :D


2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US Air Force plans to fire officers in 'mistaken' flight with nuclear weapons - International Herald Tribune


Miss Jackie must be beaming with pride! Randall too. Are you sure it wasn't the dancing skills that snagged Ms. Jennifer?

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this goes like a bullet through my heart. good ol' fitz...

9:09 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Mr. Fitzgerald, congratulations. I wish you and your lady the very best. You deserve it. :D.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exit Martinez From the RNC | The Trail | washingtonpost.com

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raw Story | CBS confirms 2006 Raw Story scoop: Plame's job was to keep nukes from Iran

How come so many of those letter writers to Judge Reggie looped back to the 80s?


BTW, Jennifer's parents from their comments seem to be very happy with their future son-in-law. Well done, Mr. Fitz.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitzgerald closes case of unmarried prosecutor

By Jeff Coen and Tara Malone

Tribune staff reporters

October 19, 2007

Sorry ladies, Chicago's ranking crime fighter is off the market.

Less than two years after making People magazine's list of the sexiest men alive, it was revealed Thursday that U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald is engaged to be married.

Fitzgerald's pairing with investment-banker-turned-Head-Start-teacher Jennifer Letzkus was a surprise to many who think of the hard-charging prosecutor as having little time for a personal life.

At 46, Fitzgerald is 12 years older than his fiance. Letzkus, sometimes known as "Jenni," lives near Fitzgerald in Lincoln Park.

"Don't overlook the mature apple," said Barbie Adler of Chicago-based Selective Search, a firm that helps professional men find mates. "The fact he waited could be a great thing. He got to know himself and know what he is looking for."

It's not like Fitzgerald was just hanging around, directionless, never really finishing anything.

Since being appointed to serve the Northern District of Illinois in 2001, Fitzgerald has put fear into the hearts of Chicago's corrupt politicians, rogue cops, mobsters and white-collar crooks. This year, the prosecution he led saw Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, convicted in the CIA leak case.

His work ethic is legendary, with some suspecting he is awake and in his office at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse 22 hours a day.

Maybe that didn't leave a lot of time for love to bloom.

"People may have said he will be the eternal bachelor, but the flip side is he spent so much time with his head down, focused on his career that he might be in a good place to pull back and devote attention to a new chapter in his life," Adler said.

People magazine listed Fitzgerald in its "Smart Guys" category on the sexiest list in 2005, reminding readers he's been called "Eliot Ness with a Harvard degree" and picturing him in a purposeful walk with a trench coat draped over his arm.

"You are commanded to testify to your incorruptible appeal and unfathomable lifestyle," the magazine wrote.

Northwestern University law student Shira Weissman heard Fitzgerald speak at a public-interest law forum at the Chicago campus last year. She knew beforehand his reputation as one of the Chicago's best catches.

Hearing him speak, Weissman said she understood why.

"You just look up there and think this is one hot-shot litigator. He can take down anyone," Weissman said. "And he's very good looking."

But Fitzgerald has never even been nominated for the bachelors list in Today's Chicago Woman magazine, said its founder, Sherren Leigh.

"I don't think in Chicago he's on the single-woman's radar screen, or the single man's," Leigh said.

Many close to Fitzgerald declined to comment Thursday, saying they know how important Fitzgerald's privacy is to him. The U.S. attorney's office made no official statement, offered no details about the couple's courtship, and would only confirm the news of the engagement.

Fitzgerald and Letzkus plan a small, private ceremony, said Randall Samborn, Fitzgerald's spokesman.

"She'd better be good to him," said Judy Markey, co-host of the Kathy and Judy Show on WGN radio.

Markey called herself a great admirer and added that the impending wedding proves Fitzgerald is "not an automaton."

"But it's not like I was planning to date him; he's too smart," Markey said. "Oh, yeah, and I'm married."

There was no word from the U.S. attorney's office that Fitzgerald -- with vigorous investigations running at City Hall, in state government, in Cook County government, inside the Chicago Police Department and against the Chicago Outfit -- would be taking more early evenings to spend time with his soon-to-be wife.

Most who know him said Chicago should continue to wait for him to make the next big case.

Famous for stashing socks and underwear in his office, Fitzgerald may want to adjust some of those habits, Adler cautioned.

But Leigh said any career woman should understand a demanding job like Fitzgerald's.

"When a successful woman is married to a really successful man," Leigh said, "you have a beautiful sounding board for your own work problems."

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherren Leigh could not be more wrong.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The River Shannon, Cleveland, Armitage...what could be more perfect for Fitz?

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crooks and Liars » Rep. Issa makes a fool of himself during Blackwater hearing

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valerie Plame is on CBS's 'Sixty Minutes'.

She's lovely and intelligent.

I'm looking foward to reading her book.


6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

{{{{{Fitzie}}}}} on TV re: Plame case.


6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz's old girlfriend, Bridget Hughes, is now a Cook County judge.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I was watching Plame, and having met Letzkus, I was struck by how similar they are: smart, hardworking, knock-out blondes. And the age differences b/t the guys and gals are about the same (13 1/2 v 12 1/2 years). Fitz learned something during his investigation ;).

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if Letzkus got divorced in 2004, when did they start dating? You know it's all going to come out.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how Looseheadprop is coping with the news?

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how the blog-name 'Looseheadprop' came about?

Just curious, is it from literature or a movie?


12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looseheadprop is a rugby position.

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah reckon yew laydees kin start uh Slingblade Fly Gals club now. Mmmmmmm....

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitzgerald's stepmother-in-law-to-be is 2 years older than he is.

9:05 PM  
Blogger jan said...

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10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Catholic Church in Decatur is named Saints James and Patrick ... what could be more perfect? Jenni can't be legitimately married there but who knows?

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 5:45 AM,

Let's get RUGBY back as an Olympic sport and get rid of boxing as an Olympic sport.

Wiki -Rugby union at the Olympics

Rugby may have an image problem.

"Looseheadprop" the word is so weak sounding.

'Looseheadprop' position should be renamed...

'HardHeadedMan position'

or 'DamascusSteelPoint position'

after the finest swords made during the crusades.

Wiki - Damascus Steel


Fitzie, how's about starting an Olympic Rugby movement here in Chicago!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh what a surprise...NOT!

Giuliani Defends, Employs Priest Accused of Molesting Teens


Another lawsuit was filed today, against Father McGuire and the Archdiocese of Chicago. I was not present at the press conference.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang Ah'd lihke tew nail thet Vahleree Blame Willson. mmmmmm,mmmmmm

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you patrick, now, you got me in so deep with the NSA, I have to leave.
Hassel- the phone will be on in one month.
Patrick, you now know what the orange thing is in the sky. Can't send you the book, Patrick. Every 400 years- my family has to go.
Now you are ready and I hope to God you have the decency and integrity not to use it for self gain.
later- Sarah

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jan" email me- Sarah
Oh, by the way Patrick, I walked right up to the private detetective and smiled, he didn't have the right girl- I don't dance I sit and talk politics. I hope the best for you. Remember what Laura Bush said, it is a scentence.
I'm not going back to anything "bad" - I'm just going for my freedom. The US always has a back up plan in these matters dealing with fuel shortages. I hope you got that raise now.
You take care, the two of you.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The president won't be too happy though.....good luck FOX.

3:24 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Hello,all. Stuck inside indefinitely and bored. The wild fires are making the air quality horrendous, so I'm staying indoors and watching the news coverage.Kinda quiet here on the blog.I guess everything's relative.Peace and love to all. :).

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Raw Story | Justice Dept's apparent mission was to slur Dems, says former GOP Attorney General

All the Justice Depts. need to be investigated from the past 50 years along with various agencies.
Prayers to you, CJ and all those in California and Mexico border. Shame on "20/20" trying to make NOLA look bad. People see through that crap now and the chaos they strive to create. Firefighters and our troops deserve America's thanks and not to be used as pawns for evil.

Just gotta wonder after all the corruption and evil going on in this country...don't you? What is that lady's name? Kay Bailey something?

Chemtrails Hall of Shame - Documenting a global non-event


Barium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CJ, you should try to venture out of your house. On BBC News FEMA says they learned from Katrina and they are doing better in California. Free Starbucks and yoga! [Yoga yes, coffee no. I wouldn't take coffee, even it's free, I'm a camomille tea or Earl Grey with a spot of milk]

On same-old-same-old liars&crooks in charge:

Jonathan Turley said of Mukasey: "he's morphed into Alberto Gonzales".

MSNBC at 8:20 PM CST

What I Like About You - You Know How to Dance


10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz, Jeremy wasn't at fault.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah reckon ya'lls cumpairing fluds to fires lihke french fry pertater to them leetle saucerges in kans. mmmmmmm

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BuzzFlash.net - Progressive News and Commentary with an Attitude | Fight Ignorance: Read BuzzFlash

Papa Bush has done much behind the scenes to destroy this country, it seems.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got to tell you, I'm poor and propane is one big chunk of money trying to find each winter. Thank you Justice Dept. and FBI for nailing BP for their corruption and evil.
I hope the companies are not allowed to gouge the customers this year, I have to fill my tank yet. SOBs! Hell have no fury till my brother in law gets on the phone with the propane company, eek!

The Guard equipment and the Guards need to be in the states for fire, flood, and tornadoes.

ABC News: BP to Pay $373 Million in Federal Probe

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yew jest a yung gal, yew shouldnt otter talk like thet.

We needs them thar gards to fight them Borat fellers over there insteader here. mmmmmm

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James Thompson got his law degree by doing a "special project" for Fred Inbau a professor at Northwestern U.

There are alot of whispers about 'how' they met and 'how' Inbau mentored James R. Thompson.

The special project that earned Thompson his law degree, that gave him the 'credits' to graduate Northwestern Law School was: changing the sex laws, specifically the sodomy laws. James R. Thompson [along with Abner Mikva] sat on Judge Austin's Sex Crimes Committee which helped promulgate the Model Penal Code in the 50's. Thompson was supposedly a student, but he was actually a Kinsey lobbyist.

That's why lawyers and judges genuflect to James R. Thompson.

Dawn Clark Netsch, former legislator and Northwestern U. law professor often said that James R. Thompson was her 'TEACHER' which was odd, since she was technically Jim Thompson's teacher and he supposedly was her student.

Celeste Aida

Inbau archives

"...relationships often developed into friendships is evidenced by the greeting cards and personal letters exchanged between Inbau and these students and colleagues. "Judges and Justices with whom Inbau corresponded between 1982 and 1996 included David Souter, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and John Paul Stevens."

Page 3, paragraph 4. [Northwestern University Archives, Evanston Illinois, Fred E. Inbau, (1909-1998) Papers, 1930-1998, Series 17/28, boxes 1-21, including two half-size boxes and one slide case.

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DHB Execs In Deep - Forbes.com


"CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Two former top executives of the leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military were indicted today on charges of insider trading, fraud and tax evasion in a scheme that netted them nearly $200 million, federal prosecutors said.

David H. Brooks, 53, the former CEO of DHB Industries Inc., and Sandra Hatfield, 54, the former chief operating officer, were charged in a superseding indictment with manipulating DHB's financial records to increase earnings and profit margins, thereby inflating the price of DHB's stock.

"Corporate executives who line their own pockets at the expense of their shareholders flaunt the responsibilities they owe their companies and the investing public," U.S. Attorney Benton J. Campbell said in a statement."

I wonder what the general public thinks about these corporate execs. only getting slaps on the wrists instead of prison time like the rest of the general public? Walk the walk.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


An Irishman that doesn't get enough credit or support. Thank you Rep. K.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stephen colbert/Mr. P./ for "baby" Cheney- there is a bigger apple to huck/but I won't touch it until a team huddle is done. Tell MJ quit the calls. Not in this for money or fame. Both are illusions. Lost Fitz! Damn. He really really needs a private office Mr. President or "Go Forward". Uncle Marvin says hi to ya'll.
Sarah Jean

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I envy Sarah Jean, she can live with her delusions.

10:37 PM  
Blogger KitNeill said...

Well, it's official, all the good men are taken. So I guess it's bury my sorrows in chocolate.

9:20 PM  
Blogger KitNeill said...

The PJFlygirls bid adieu to our fantasies but truth, hope and justice are still going strong.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marriage is a sentence allright.
A Life Sentence

6:10 AM  
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