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Who is Jeanine Pirro?
Jeanine Ferris Pirro was born on 2 June 1951, in Elmira, New York State, USA. She is a former judge, television host, author, politician, and prosecutor, best known for her work with the Fox News Channel program “Justice with Judge Jeanine” of which she is the host. She was also known for her frequent appearances in NBC News and “The Today Show”.
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— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) April 7, 2019
The Riches of Jeanine Pirro
How rich is Jeanine Pirro? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $12 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. She gained considerable attention for her work as District Attorney in cases of crimes against the elderly, and domestic abuse. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Law Beginnings
Jeanine is of Lebanese descent – her father was a mobile home salesman, while her mother was a department store model. At a young age, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career as an attorney, and while attending Notre Dame High School, interned at the District Attorney’s office in Chemung County.
After matriculating, she enrolled at the University at Buffalo, graduating with bachelor’s degree, and then continued her studies at Union University’s Albany Law School, where she completed her Juris Doctorate, and where she worked on the school’s legal publication as an editor. After completing her education, she was appointed as the Assistant District Attorney of Westchester County, handling minor cases and writing appeals. She helped establish the new Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Bureau of the office, becoming the first chief, and known to be very aggressive, but also heeding victim’s requests to drop cases.
Path Towards District Attorney
Pirro quickly gained fame as the chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, but also criticism for ignoring traditions. Her rising status eventually led to the destruction of her relationship with District Attorney Vergari, but in 1990 she was elected the first female judge of the Westchester County Court, so leaving the District Attorney’s office, and serving there for three terms up to 2005. She eventually became the Westchester County District Attorney, three years after her judicial appointment, continuing her rise to fame over the next few years, leading her to appear on cable news.
She became a frequent guest during OJ Simpson’s arrest, and was responsible for taking large expenditures to improve the district attorney facilities. She also became the first female president of the New York State District Attorneys Association, and chaired the New York State Commission on Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, helping create legislation that enhanced the protection of victims of domestic abuse. She also campaigned unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor, the US Senate, and as State Attorney General.
Career in Media
Throughout her career, Jeanine has authored five books, including “To Punish and Protect: A DA’s Fight Against a System That Coddles Criminals” and “To Punish and Protect: Against a System That Coddles Criminals”. She then forayed into crime fiction, with “Sly Fox: A Dani Fox Novel”, and “Clever Fox: A Dani Fox Novel”. Her media appearances also led her to become a regular contributor to several TV shows, including “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet”. She appears as a legal analyst for Fox, and also in “Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld”.
In 2008, she began hosting the weekday television show “Judge Jeanine Pirro” on CW, which started by airing two episodes daily. The show continued for several seasons and won an Emmy Award in 2011 before being cancelled due to low ratings. She proceeded to start a new show on Fox entitled “Justice with Judge Jeanine”, which focused on the big legal stories of the week. Her show has attracted controversy when she commented against Representative Ilhan Omar’s decision to wear a hijab, but her statement was condemned by Fox News, and the episode that was supposed to showcase the comment was not aired; Pirro later defended her statement. In recent years, she has been seen as a strong supporter of the Trump organization.
For her personal life, it is known that Jeanine married Albert Pirro in 1975, having met while in law school. They have two children and lived in Harrison, New York during the time that she was just starting out as an assistant district attorney. In 1999, her husband was indicted on numerous counts of tax evasion and filing a false tax return, hiding over $1 million in personal income. She was highly critical of the investigation, and throughout the trial, with the prosecution trying their best to involve her in the case, but her husband was eventually sentenced to 29 months in a minimum security federal prison.
This string of events eventually led to the breakdown of their marriage, and the couple separated in 2007, with their divorce finalized in 2013. A year prior to their divorce, she was diagnosed with cancer, and opened up about it in her 2018 book “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy”. She also mentioned that she is a practicing Catholic.