Judge James Zagel talks about his life and times on the bench

June 13, 2012

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Federal Judge James B. Zagel has had a varied and distinguished career.  He has presided over several high-profile trials, including the Family Secrets mob trial, and the trial (and re-trial) of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  But the bench is not Judge Zagel’s only public platform.  He’s also written a novel, and appeared on film (as a judge).

Today we profile the native Chicagoan.