By the time Mr. Clinton finally admitted to “sexual relations” with Ms. Flowers, years later, Clinton aides had used stories collected by Mr. Palladino to brand her as a “bimbo” and a “pathological liar.”
John Arthur Palladino was born on July 9, 1944. He graduated from Boston Latin School in 1962. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in political science in 1968, and received his law degree from the university in 1975. Three years later, he was admitted to the California state bar and received his private investigator’s license, records show.
Mr. Palladino had already been recruited to work as a private eye by another well-known San Francisco sleuth, Hal Lipset, who enlisted Mr. Palladino to pose as a fur thief and work undercover in a prison in Queens in 1972 as part of an investigation into drug dealing and prisoner abuse, according to The Chronicle.
Mr. Palladino told The Chronicle that, as a result of his investigation and grand jury testimony, about 23 guards, undersheriffs and others were eventually indicted.
It was “absolutely legal” for private investigators to mislead, Mr. Palladino told The Chronicle, as long as they didn’t present themselves as law enforcement officials or as representatives of the target of an investigation.
However, as an ethical issue, he said it was “more dicey.”
Kim Green, the editor of Pursuit, a trade magazine for private detectives, said Mr. Palladino didn’t evoke feelings of neutrality, “especially in a profession that values privacy and behind-the-scenes maneuvering — some folks in the investigative community can be pretty skeptical of PIs who become celebrities in their own right.”
She added, “Still, there’s no question he made his mark on the field, as part of that tradition of myth-busting Bay Area sleuths who rejected the trench coat stereotype and modernized the profession.”