Jones confirmed as next US attorney for Minnesota

Published 3:23 pm Saturday, August 8, 2009

B. Todd Jones, a Marine Corps veteran and seasoned attorney, will once again serve as the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, a position he held under the Clinton administration.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Jones as Minnesota’s top federal prosecutor on Friday by unanimous consent.

Jones, currently a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, was out of the office Friday and did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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In an interview with The Associated Press in June, Jones acknowledged the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota has seen some turbulence and said he planned to change a few things if he were to get the job. He declined to elaborate. He also said putting his name into consideration for a job he’s already held wasn’t an easy decision, but public service is an important part of his life.

“I know Todd will hit the ground running,” U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday in a statement. “He’s a seasoned, highly-respected attorney who is fair-minded and has impeccable integrity. … Todd understands that the role of a prosecutor is to enforce the laws without fear or favor — he’s done this before and I know he will do it again.”

Klobuchar, a Democrat who has said she and Jones had a strong working relationship back when she was Hennepin County attorney and he was U.S. attorney, recommended Jones for the position in March. President Barack Obama nominated him for confirmation in June.

Jones replaces Acting U.S. Attorney Frank Magill, a veteran prosecutor who took over in January 2008 after his predecessor, Rachel Paulose, left amid a series of management problems. Under her leadership, three top officials resigned from supervisory posts to return to prosecuting cases. The shake-up happened as Congress investigated allegations that eight other U.S. attorneys had been fired and replaced by loyalists of President George W. Bush.

Klobuchar thanked Magill on Friday for his service and for “guiding the office through a difficult time.”

Jones said in June that he was looking forward to working with the dedicated professionals at the office.

Jones was U.S. attorney for Minnesota from May 1998 through January 2001. Before that, he was the first assistant U.S. attorney, responsible for much of the day-to-day operations of the office.