Judge Jeanine Pirro is the highly respected District Attorney and County Judge, politician, legal commentator, author, champion of victim’s rights and mother of two. She won a daytime Emmy for her daily syndicated court show “Judge Pirro.” Currently, Pirro hosts Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine“. As a result of her high profile prosecutions and her political career, Pirro is a familiar face to New Yorkers.
Pirro’s notable legal career spans over 30 years. In 1975, Pirro became an Assistant District Attorney for Westchester County, New York and was the first female to prosecute a murder case there. Prosecuting murder, rape, domestic violence, and other violent felonies, she had a 100% conviction rate and received considerable recognition for her work as a leading advocate for victims of domestic violence, establishing one of the first domestic violence units in the nation.
In 1990, Pirro made history as the first female elected judge to the Westchester County Court bench.
In 1993, she again made history as the first female elected District Attorney in West Chester County – a county of approximately 1 million people. She was re-elected in 1997 and again in 2001, when she was made the first female president of the New York State District Attorney Association. In 2006, the Republican Party chose her as its candidate for New York State Attorney General.
As District Attorney, Pirro crusaded on behalf of the vulnerable creating new specialized units to investigate and prosecute crimes involving hate and bias, elder abuse, domestic abuse, environmental crime, youth and gang violence, sex crimes, animal abuse, child abuse, and pedophiles on the Internet. Her Internet sting operation netted a 100% conviction rate and served as a model for other local, state and federal initiatives.
Pirro was appointed by three governors to investigate and draft legislation for crime victims. Most notably, the New York State Commission on Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, which she chaired. As a sought after speaker, Pirro has lectured throughout the country including at the FBI Academy at Quantico, National District Attorneys Association and the US Army War College, as well as various law schools and colleges nationwide. Pirro has been profiled in several magazines including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, More Magazine, New York Magazine and was even named as one of the world’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
Pirro is a nationally recognized legal expert appearing on television programs such as “The Today Show “ on NBC, “Good Morning America” on ABC, “The Early show” on CBS, “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours,” “Nightline,” “Larry King Live,” “The View,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” and other national television shows.
Throughout her tenure with Fox News Channel, Pirro has covered breaking news and has reported live on the Aurora theater massacre shooting, the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando Florida, the Drew Peterson trial in Chicago, Illinois, the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting and the George Zimmerman trial in Orlando, Florida. Her opening statement – a commentary on political as well as pressing contemporary issues garner millions of ‘hits’. Her strong reasoned opinions, no nonsense analysis, fearlessness and sense of humor make her a sought after and entertaining speaker.
Pirro is the author of three books, “To Punish and Protect: One DA’s Fight Against a System That Coddles Criminals,” “Sly Fox” and “Clever Fox.” Born in the small upstate New York farming town of Elmira, Pirro graduated from Notre Dame High School in three years, earned a B.A. Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Buffalo, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Albany Law School where she was an editor of the law review.