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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 7, 1998

     The President today announced his intent to nominate Byron Todd 

Jones to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

Mr. Byron Todd Jones, of St. Paul, Minnesota, has been serving as Interim United States Attorney since May 1998. He previously held the position of First Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Jones began his legal career in 1983, as Judge Advocate and Infantry Officer, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, and Camp Pendleton, California. As a military prosecutor, Mr. Jones handled court martial proceedings, directed criminal investigations, and served as an advisor on criminal justice matters. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Jones was senior litigation associate at a private law firm in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he had primary responsibility for daily case management and handled a wide variety of legal matters, including products liability defense, insurance coverage disputes, and labor and employment issues. In 1992, Mr. Jones joined the United States Attorney's office for the District of Minnesota as an Assistant United States Attorney and, for the next two years, prosecuted criminal cases involving fraud, narcotics, violent offenses, and money laundering. From 1994 until 1997, he was a partner in a Minneapolis law firm before rejoining the United States Attorney's office as First Assistant. During this latter period of his legal career, Mr. Jones also served as Commanding Officer of the Twin Cities Marine Reserve Unit. Since 1993, Mr. Jones has been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law where he teaches trial practice and lawyering skills. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association, and the National Black Prosecutors Association.

Mr. Jones received his bachelor of arts degree in 1979, from Macalester College, and his law degree in 1983, from the University of Minnesota Law School.

United States Attorneys are the chief federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers for the 94 federal judicial districts. They have principal responsibility for the prosecution of federal matters in their district.