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24 centuries on, Fitzgerald to prosecute Socrates

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

By MICHAEL TARM

Patrick Fitzgerald has prosecuted reputed mobsters, terrorists and Illinois governors.

Thursday night, the former top prosecutor gets a crack at Socrates. Yes, that Socrates, the Greek philosopher.

He'll defend the city of Athens in a retrial that serves as a fundraiser for Chicago's National Hellenic Museum. Athens executed Socrates in 399 B.C. for corrupting its youth and disrespecting its gods.

The former U.S. Attorney told The Associated Press in a phone interview hours before the event that a last minute plea deal didn't appear likely. He complains that Socrates is "not much of a compromiser."

Socrates' lawyer - high-powered defense attorney Dan Webb - is no slouch, either.

Fitzgerald says he and Webb won't be wearing togas from the period. Fitzgerald says that would constitute "crimes against nature."

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