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In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 file courtroom sketch, Chicago terrorism suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana, appears before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan, in Chicago. Federal prosecutors say Rana knew in advance about the deadly Mumbai terror attacks, and offered congratulations to the killers.
Fitzgerald appeared at a hearing for Rana on Wednesday – the first time he’s appeared in the case – and said some of the evidence in the case will be handled under strict rules because it is considered classified.
The US Attorney is considered a terrorism specialist. Fitzgerald prosecuted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case.
Since coming to Chicago in 2001, he’s only prosecuted one case -- Enaam Arnaut a Muslim charity leader who pleaded guilty in 2003 to a racketeering charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Proscutors said he had ties to al-Qaida.