Reid Schar Rezko Blagojevich prosecutor leaving U.S. attorney’s office, Former Sidley Austin law firm attorney, Schar Hamilton Niewoehner convicted Rezko

Reid Schar Rezko Blagojevich prosecutor leaving U.S. attorney’s office, Former Sidley Austin law firm attorney, Schar Hamilton Niewoehner convicted Rezko

“Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

From the Chicago Tribune January 27, 2012.

“Blagojevich prosecutor leaving U.S. attorney’s office
Reid Schar headed for private practice after 12 years of public service”

“Bringing down a governor or another high-profile defendant is one of those career-defining moments for prosecutors and usually hastens their exit from public service. So it goes forReid Schar.

Schar, the lead prosecutor in both corruption trials of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, will be leaving the U.S. attorney’s office after 12 years, said three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

He plans to go into private practice and has started interviewing with some large law firms, according to people familiar with his plans. Schar declined to comment on his future.

Schar, 39, has been a loyal lieutenant to U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, staying longer than most assistant U.S. attorneys. Since September, Schar has served as an adviser to Fitzgerald, giving input on management, personnel, cases and a host of other issues. The promotion came soon after a jury in the second trial convicted Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, including allegations that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat in 2008.

The Blagojevich conviction is the biggest of several notches on Schar’s belt. In 2008, the same trio of prosecutors that put Blagojevich behind bars — Schar,Carrie Hamilton and Christopher Niewoehner — convicted Tony Rezko, a former Blagojevich fundraiser.

Before Rezko, Schar led the prosecution of Muhammad Salah and Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who were accused of aiding the radical Palestinian groupHamas. The two men were acquitted of being members of Hamas and conspiring to support terrorism. They were convicted of lesser charges, including obstruction of justice.

“His work on the Hamas case, Rezko and Blagojevich are only the most visible ways in which he has been as asset to the office and the citizens of Illinois,” said Jeffrey Cramer, who worked with Schar for 10 years and left in 2009 to head the Chicago office of Kroll, which performs corporate investigations. “His talents will be missed.”

The Blagojevich and Rezko cases augmented the reputation of the U.S. attorney’s office for successfully prosecuting public corruption. Blagojevich’s predecessor in the governor’s mansion, George Ryan, also is behind bars. Patrick Collins, who led the prosecution of Ryan, left the office in 2007, shortly after the former governor was sentenced, to join the law firm of Perkins Coie.

Schar’s looming departure is hardly surprising to observers of the U.S. attorney’s office. There wasn’t much left for Schar to accomplish after successfully prosecuting Blagojevich. Prosecutors also can make a lot more money in private practice. Schar is married and has three young children.

There has been a revolving door between the office and big Chicago law firms for years. Former assistant U.S. attorneys are valuable to law firms and their clients for their ability to handle complex cases and knowledge of criminal and regulatory matters. The revolving door slowed down in the last few years because of the economy and the dearth of white-collar legal work in Chicago.

Schar is interviewing with Chicago-based firms as well as firms in San Francisco. He graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree in 1997 from Northwestern University. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo before briefly working at the Sidley Austin law firm.”–20120127,0,941539.column

Reid Schar Sidley Austin.

Barack Obama Sidley Austin.

Robert Bauer Perkins Coie.

Patrick Collins Perkins Coie.

Ellen Weintraub Perkins Coie.

It’s one big happy family in Chicago.

11 responses to “Reid Schar Rezko Blagojevich prosecutor leaving U.S. attorney’s office, Former Sidley Austin law firm attorney, Schar Hamilton Niewoehner convicted Rezko

  1. Good Morning everyone.

    Maybe we’ll get some good news tomorrow from GA, and have a great Superbowl weekend with a double celebration.

    Of course, I don’t think anyone was really surprised at the Ill. State election boards ruling.

  2. I.B.,

    Glad to hear you will be off on Superbowl Sunday.

  3. Good morning everyone.

    Brian Terry’s parents filed a 25 million dollar law suit against the federal government. They should sue Obama, and Holder, individually, as usurpers, operating in an illegal government, headed by an unqualified, and illegal usurper posing as president.

    Now we hear about Hezbollah eying the southern border of the USA, so they can enter the country for a possible attack on USA soil. They will undoubtedly be armed with the AK47s Obama, and Holder, sent to Mexico under the guise of tracking guns to drug cartels

  4. Good Morning All; Whistleblower commented a while back that one of the U.S. Attorney’s in charge of Frawley, Carolyn McNiven now works for Perkins Coi as did Dan Mahru…it’s a small world…
    Hey Bob Strauss, Brian Terry’s mom should hire someone from Perkins Coi…they have insider information…

  5. So, you want to know who “really” started the Tea Party movement? Well, it wasn’t Sarah Palin. It wasn’t Ron Paul either. It certainly wasn’t the Republicans.

  6. From
    Mass Voter Fraud Discovered In Florida
    by Administrator 3. February 2012 05:43

    A local Florida station invented an unprecedented way to check for voter fraud: jury excusal forms. NBC2 compiled a list of jury excusals based on not being a citizen of the United States and compared it to a list of registered voters in two counties. They discovered almost 100 illegally registered voters, many of whom had voted multiple times. “I vote every year,” one woman told NBC2, despite the fact that she is not a US citizen. The woman had told the court that she couldn’t serve on a jury because she wasn’t a US citizen, but she doesn’t seem to have a problem voting like one.

    Based on the NBC2 investigation, local election offices say they’ll now request a copy of every jury excusal form where residents say they can’t serve because they’re not a citizen.

  7. Bob,

    A lot of work needs to be done at each State Level to resolve this massive chronic problem, which continues to grow.

  8. Voter fraud, seems to be more prevalent in the democrat party. They are stealing elections, with fraud, and with usurpers.

    Our country is being held hostage by this illegal government.

    We never hear about conservatives stuffing the ballot box, voting multiple times, or voting illegally.

  9. Bob,

    actually, there are a few cases of the Republican party taking advantage of the electronic balloting fraud; but it is rare compared to the overall Democrat fraud usage. Such Fraud is utilized on many levels, not just the ballot box, as you are aware. Nevertheless, it is correctable, and a simple solution at that. But you rarely hear of any federal politician discussing such solutions.

  10. Bessie

    Carolyn McNiven was Daniel Frawley’s handler, she was involved and listed as prosecuting attorney on the following cases Tony Rezko,Ali Ata,Bernard Barton,Daniel Mahru.

    Carolyn worked at Winston Strawn before going to work for Patrick Fitzgerald and when she left Fitz she became a partner with DLA Piper, formally known as Piper Rudnick (Peter Bynoe’s firm) and where Daniel Mahru was an attorney

  11. Thanks Whistleblower…

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