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    Meet Holder's Independent Prosecutor

    The man appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate allegations of detainee abuse by the CIA is a career prosecutor known for his intense dedication to the law and unflappable moral compass. John Durham is already involved in the controversial case involving the destruction of so-called CIA torture tapes, and is described as having the courage to hold people's feet to the fire or simply walk away if he doesn't have a case. One colleague of Durham's compared him to another highly respected federal prosecutor: "He's [Patrick] Fitzgerald with a sense of humor," the colleague told The Wall Street Journal. Durham, a registered Republican, has also been involved in high-profile cases against the mafia, as well as a corruption case involving the FBI in Boston which served as the inspiration for the movie The Departed.