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Attorney General Recognizes Southern District Employees

December 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Former Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr (recently retired), of Carbondale, IL, current Assistant United States Attorney James C. Cutchin, of Carmi, IL, and District Budget Officer Julia A. (nee Hentzel) Crowe, of Edwardsville, IL (formerly of New Athens, IL) of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, were three of 163 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett at the 28th annual Director’s Awards Ceremony held today in Washington D.C.

The Southern District of Illinois was one of a select number of districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In his prepared remarks, Attorney General Holder told the awardees that they, “represent the very best that this Department has to offer” and that their “work embodies our ongoing commitment – not merely to win cases, but to do justice; to protect our fellow citizens; to empower the most vulnerable among us; and to uphold the rule of law.”

“Each day the members of the US Attorneys’ community go to work for the citizens of this country with one goal in mind – to do everything they can to protect the rights of all Americans,” said EOUSA Director Jarrett. “I am continually humbled by their resiliency, dedication, and unparalleled work ethic to accomplish this noble mission. Today’s awardees exemplify what it truly means to be a patriot and it is an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary service.”

Assistant United States Attorneys Carr and Cutchin were honored for “Superior Performance by an AUSA -Criminal” for their skilled and dedicated investigation and prosecution of the former Sheriff of Gallatin County, Raymond M. Martin, which resulted in Martin being convicted and sentenced to prison terms in excess of life in prison for the felonies he was committing while in the office of Sheriff. District Budget Officer Julia A. (nee Hentzel) Crowe was honored for “Superior Performance in Administration.” As noted in her nominating petition, if the Department of Justice wished to have a live, caring person to use, a “face” to put on the picture, as a way to define the phrase “doing more with less,” that person, that “face,” would be Julia A. Crowe. Ms Crowe did an absolutely outstanding job of fulfilling her duties as Budget Officer, no mean feat in these trying economic times, but she simultaneously and competently fulfilled the roles of acting Administrative Officer, contracting officer, human resources specialist, and Information Technology supervisor in the District for an extended period of time.

“While I can assure the citizens of the Southern District of Illinois that my Office strives, on a daily basis, to serve all of our people in a professional and dedicated fashion, it is always gratifying to learn that the skilled work of the District’s employees is also recognized on a national level.” noted United States Attorney Wigginton. “Our citizens should be as proud of these awardees as I am.”

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit



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