An Assistant U.S. Attorney supervising the investigation of suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi was honored by the National Association of Former United States Attorneys last weekend.
Marshall Miller, deputy chief of the Eastern District of New York criminal division, supervised the probe of Zazi, who was charged last month with planning to bomb a New York City target with homemade explosives. The Associated Press reported today that Zazi had contact with a senior al-Qaida member.
The prosecutor has also assisted in many other probes and prosecutions of terrorism suspects.
He is leading the prosecution against two members of a Sri Lankan terrorist group, the Tamil Tigers, for attempting to buy anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons. Officially known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist group lost most of its power when it was defeated by the Sri Lankan military in May.
Miller is also heading the prosecution against four people who are charged with planning to bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport. The homegrown terrorist cell plotted to bomb fuel tanks at the airport, which “probably would have resulted in major damage but relatively limited loss of life,” according to The Washington Post.
The Assistant U.S. Attorney also led the successful prosecution of two people who conspired to bomb the Herald Square subway station in Manhattan.
NAFUSA Vice President Bill Lutz said his organization considered several successful prosecutors for the award, which is given each year to an exceptional Assistant U.S. Attorney. He said several New York judges and lawyers indicated that Miller was “highly professional, capable and thoughtful.”
“I came out with the abiding fact that (Miller) was one of the most outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the country,” Lutz said.
Miller said there are many prosecutors who also deserve this award. “It is a great honor,” Miller said.
The award is named for J. Michael Bradford, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 1994 to 2001. Bradford, who died in 2003, successfully defended the government against lawsuits stemming from the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidians compound in Waco, Texas.
The cult led by David Koresh was stormed by federal authorities, resulting in dozens of deaths. The Branch Davidians and their families sued the federal government for negligence and infringement of their civil rights.