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General Information

Name:  James Block Zagel  

Pen Name: James Zagel

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Chicago, Il


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Illinois Connection

Judge Zagel earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1962 and a master's degree from the University of Chicago in the same year. He then earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1965.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Block Zagel is a United States district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a novelist. Judge Zagel began his career as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois. He then served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois from 1969 until 1977. Concurrent to the job as assistant attorney general, Judge Zagel ran the Criminal Justice Division in the attorney general's office from 1970 until 1977, and he also served as chief prosecuting attorney for the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.Judge Zagel has presided over many high-profile trials, including the 2007-2009 Family Secrets trial, which resulted in the convictions of multiple members of the Chicago Outfit.


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Titles At Your Library

Money to Burn
ISBN: 0399148914

Putnam Adult. 2002

When Federal District Court judge Paul E. Devine joins forces with a fire department paramedic and the two defendants in his latest case to rip off the Federal Reserve for $100 million in money about to be destroyed, he discovers that planning the perfect crime and getting away with it are not necessarily the same thing. A first novel. 12,500 first printing.


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