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Longest-serving federal prosecutor in history retires

By Ed O'Keefe

John C. "Jack" Keeney began working for the Justice Department when Harry S. Truman and Barack Obama was a decade from being born, reports The Post's Jerry Markon:

Through administrations Democratic and Republican, he kept working - even after the government named a Justice Department building for him in 2000.
Now, Keeney, 88, is retiring as the longest-serving federal prosecutor in U.S. history, and a parade of current and former high-level department officials on Friday celebrated his career at a retirement ceremony. They paid tribute to a career civil servant who prosecuted communist spies, obtained indictments against mobsters, handled sensitive public corruption probes and negotiated important legal assistance treaties with Switzerland.
"Mr. Keeney's dedication to the department and to his colleagues is - quite simply - unparalleled,'' Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in his prepared remarks during the ceremony at the Justice Department's Great Hall. "He has been our steady conscience, our tireless advocate and our institutional historian - all in one."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 24, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
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