The priorities of the Dallas-based U.S. Attorney’s office “pretty much track the priorities of the Department of Justice on a national level” U.S. Attorney Jim Jacks recently told The Dallas Morning News.
In a short Q&A with the newspaper, Jacks said the office is focusing on terrorism, public corruption, financial fraud, drug trafficking, child exploitation, pornography and cybercrime cases.
Jacks has headed the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Texas since January 2009 when Bush appointee Richard Roper resigned to become a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas. Previously Jacks had served as the district’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney for six years.
President Barack Obama has not named a nominee for the district. Texas’ Republican senators have recommended Sarah Saldana, an Assistant U.S. Attorney who heads the fraud and public corruption division in the district; the Democratic delegation in the House has suggested U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan for the post.
Read the full Q&A here.