Attorney general recognizes two area prosecutors

Joseph R. Batte and Christopher T. Tortorice

The U.S. attorney general recognized 202 department employees for their distinguished public service in late October at the 65th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony. Nineteen other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work. The department presented a posthumous award to Deputy Commander Patrick T. Carothers for exceptional heroism in the line of duty during a fugitive apprehension in Allenhurst, Georgia, on Nov. 18, 2016, where Carothers was mortally wounded.

From the Eastern District of Texas, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph R. Batte and Christopher T. Tortorice were honored with the John Marshall Litigation Award. Batte was a prosecutor for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1995. Tortorice is also a former state prosecutor having worked for the Navarro County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2009.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is proud to acknowledge this award for outstanding work in the field of white collar prosecutions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. “Assistant U.S. Attorneys Batte and Tortorice continue to excel and lead the complex crimes area of the Beaumont Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Their work reflects outstanding investigative leadership in complex white collar cases, and East Texas is better off by having them as prosecutors in the Eastern District of Texas.”