Fordham Law

Alumnus Receives Top Attorney General’s Award

October 21, 2009

Douglas M. Miller ’99, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, received the 2009 Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service—the Department of Justice’s highest award—at the 57th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Miller and three colleagues were recognized for their dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s mission during their prosecution of United States v. Ferguson.

“It is my privilege to honor these recipients for their outstanding service and commitment to our country,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Each of these dedicated servants has carried out the important mission of the Department of Justice and has done so with excellence and distinction.  Their varied accomplishments have advanced the interests of justice on behalf of the American people, and I’m proud to call them my colleagues.”

Miller was part of a team of attorneys and law enforcement officials whose investigation and prosecution ended a three-year police corruption crime spree, headed by a former Los Angeles Police Department Officer. The six-year investigation and prosecution that broke this conspiracy resulted in 15 individuals pleading guilty and the conviction at trial of two others.  Through their tireless dedication, teamwork, creativity and legal skill, Miller and his colleagues helped restore a sense of justice to victims and communities who had been preyed upon by the very people who had sworn to serve and protect them.