Sept. 22, 2015 – A University of Houston Law Center adjunct professor and assistant U.S. attorney is the recipient of the Department of Justice’s highest award for his work in prosecuting members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas that virtually dismantled the violent organization.
Tim S. Braley will be honored Oct. 21 at the 63rd Annual Attorney General’s Award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Braley earned his J.D. at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1996 and has taught courses in Criminal Procedure-Adjudication Process, Criminal Procedure-Investigations, and The Wire at the Law Center for the past five years.
He is currently the Deputy Criminal Chief for Narcotics Enforcement and Lead Task Force Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
The six-year investigation of the powerful, race-based organization that operates inside and outside state and federal prisons in Texas and throughout the U.S. began in 2008. A task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in Texas and western Oklahoma produced a database of 50,000 pieces of evidence that led to 17 indictments. Charges ranged from murder and racketeering to drug trafficking and a variety of other criminal money-making activities. In total, 73 high-ranking Aryan Brotherhood members and associates were prosecuted, resulting in a 100 percent conviction rate.
In a letter nominating Braley for the award, his colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote: “Throughout the course of this prosecution, task force members were routinely subjected to threats of violence from the ABT. Nonetheless, they continued to work tirelessly and persevered in order to bring this landmark prosecution to a successful conclusion. This six-year investigation all but dismantled the violent ABT organization and is an inspiring example of the results of collaborative law enforcement between agencies across the country.”