Monday, January 8, 2007
As the son of a high school football coach, Hopkinton's Gerard Leone Jr. learned discipline and a respect for rules at an early age, so when he became interested in the law, it seemed natural for him to become a prosecutor.
Over the past 15 years, he's been the lead prosecutor in some of the most notorious criminal cases in Massachusetts, including British au pair Louise Woodward, who was convicted in the killing an 8-month-old infant, and Richard Reid, the al-Qaida loyalist who was convicted of trying to blow up a plane with a bomb in his shoes.
Now Leone, who has served as the No. 2 prosecutor for a state attorney general, district attorney and U.S. Attorney, has just started work as the top prosecutor in Middlesex County, where he faces more high-profile cases, the AP reports.