U.S. Attorney John M. Bales traveled to Beaumont this week for the swearing-in ceremony of two new federal prosecutors assigned to the Beaumont office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham and Assistant U.S. Attorney Cory Crenshaw were administered the Oath of Office by former a U.S. Attorney, 58th District Court Judge Bob Wortham, before a small crowd of friends, family, and government officials at the Jack Brooks Federal Courthouse in Beaumont.
Bales reminded the new Assistant U.S. Attorneys of the seriousness of the oath they were about to take and urged them to never forget their client was the United States of America. He then turned to his old boss, Judge Wortham, to administer the oath.
Bob Wortham served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District from 1981 to 1993. Among the prosecutors he hired during his tenure was Malcolm Bales. The ceremony was held in the courtroom of Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin, himself a former assistant U.S. Attorney hired by Wortham.
Baylor Wortham was born and raised in Beaumont and is a graduate of Kelly High School. Baylor is the son of Bob Wortham, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (1981-1993). Baylor is married to Lindsay Wortham and is the father of Baylor Wortham II. Baylor graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 2003 and received a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 2005. While in law school, Baylor was a member of the Baylor Law Review. Baylor started his career in 2006 as an assistant district attorney with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. In 2009, Baylor was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District, primarily prosecuting violent crime in Port Arthur under Operation Time Machine, a Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.
Cory Crenshaw is a native of Beaumont and a 1997 graduate of Kelly High School. Cory attended Baylor University where he received a degree in history and later earned his law degree at Texas Tech University in 2004. Crenshaw began his career in prosecution in Bryan/College Station in 2005 as a state felony prosecutor where his caseload focused mainly on child sex predators and gang offenders. In 2010, Crenshaw began his federal career in the Southern District of Texas as an assistant U.S. Attorney in McAllen. His heavy border caseload focused on narcotics, immigration and firearm offenses.
After the ceremony, Judge Wortham reflected on his tenure as U.S. Attorney and recalled one particularly chilling incident when Baylor was a young boy. After a record cocaine bust, intelligence sources uncovered information that infuriated Colombian drug dealers had sent a hit squad to assassinate Wortham and two other federal officials. The Department of Justice ordered the men and their families to get out of town. After 10 days, they were allowed to return after it was determined the hit squad had returned to Colombia when they were unable to locate their targets.
The Eastern District of Texas is comprised of 43 counties stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Oklahoma/Texas border. There are six staffed offices located in Beaumont, Lufkin, Tyler, Texarkana, Plano and Sherman with a total of 51 federal prosecutors.