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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 12, 2015

Attorney General Recognizes Wisconsin Federal Prosecutor

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced today that on June 4, 2015, Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Benjamin L. Whittemore was one of 160 employees of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, and Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 31st  Annual EOUSA Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C.  AUSA Whittemore was recognized for Superior Performance while serving as the DOJ Community Prosecutor assigned to engage and work with the Menominee Indian Tribe.

The Eastern District of Wisconsin was one of 31 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In her prepared remarks, Attorney General Lynch told the awardees:  “Our honorees include career executives and supervisors; Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys; appellate attorneys and law enforcement officials; administrators, paralegals, and public affairs officers.  These individuals, and so many others, have faced daunting and sometimes dangerous challenges.  They have dedicated their leadership and their expertise, their time and their energy, to the service of their mission.  And they have remained devoted, at all times, to the high ideals and deeply-held values that animate our country and our cause.”

According to United States Attorney Santelle:  “Mr. Whittemore’s tireless work in identifying and addressing threats to public safety on the Menominee Indian Reservation, his prosecution of a large volume of difficult sexual assault cases, and his commitment to working on behalf of Tribal victims led to him being considered a trusted partner of the Tribe, including its leadership.   Mr. Whittemore’s work modernizing the Tribe’s drug code and updating its domestic violence laws will have lasting impact on the community.  His training, education, and outreach efforts have greatly enhanced the working relationship and trust between Tribal and federal public safety agencies and helped to make the Menominee Reservation a safer place.”

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Updated June 12, 2015