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Attorney General Recognizes SDTX Employees 

Dec. 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Glenn Cook and Jim McAlister of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) were two 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 today in Washington D.C. The ceremony was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building this morning.

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.”

Cook and McAlister were recognized for Superior Performance as Criminal Assistant United States Attorneys for their outstanding prosecution of Adnan Mirza for conspiracy to violate the international emergency economic powers act, conspiracy to arm aliens and weapons possession by an alien. Mirza and his associates, who were students from Pakistan, were involved in a jihad training camp, which posed a threat to national security. AUSA Cook did an outstanding job of guiding the case through years of legal issues regarding the use of classified evidence and claims by Mirza and his co-defendants that they were merely exercising constitutional rights. After a lengthy pretrial battle over discovery and declassification, the jury trial resulted in a conviction of Mirza on all counts and a sentence of 15 years, which required the court to run several counts consecutively.

“The Southern District of Texas is privileged to have representatives such as these whose dedication and expertise truly embody the spirit of our district,” said SDTX United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. “To be honored in such a way by the Department of Justice speaks volumes about their exemplary work on the Mirza case and what they do each day in support of our mission.” 

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 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao.

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