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 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Jones, NBC correspondent specializing in legal matters and a former Senior Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., is leaving the network this week and has signed an overall development agreement with Group W Productions.
 The signing of Jones was announced by Derk Zimmerman, president, Group W Productions, who said that the company plans to feature Jones in series and specials.
 "Star has a unique talent for making complex legal matters understandable to the layman," Zimmerman said. "She has become a familiar and respected television personality through her appearances on `Today,' `NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,' the NBC stations and CNBC. We see a great potential for Star to play an expanded role in broadcasting through her new association with Group W."
 "I am immensely grateful to NBC for the opportunity it has provided me," Jones said. "Now I am looking forward to utilizing the experience in a new area."
 Prior to joining NBC News, Jones did commentary for Court TV from its inception in 1991 and became a regular commentator during the Palm Beach rape trial. With NBC News, Jones made many appearances as legal correspondent on NBC News' "Today," "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," CNBC and major affiliates across the country, discussing various subjects including the major aspects of the William Kennedy Smith, Michael Tyson and L.A. Police beating of Rodney King trials.
 In October 1992, weekend "Today" launched a new segment entitled "Star Jones for the People" where Jones addressed legal questions mailed in by the program's viewers. Most recently Jones obtained an exclusive interview with Mike Tyson in prison which was broadcast on NBC's prime- time news magazine "Dateline NBC." This was Tyson's first major television interview during his incarceration in almost a year. Jones also obtained an exclusive interview with Rodney King following the sentencing of the two Los Angeles Police officers convicted of violating his civil rights.
 Jones joined the Kings County Attorney's Office in Brooklyn in 1988. She served three years in the General Trial Bureaus, moving to the Homicide Bureau in 1989. In 1991, she was promoted to the Trial Cadre Bureau as one of District Attorney Joe Hynes' personally selected attorneys responsible for the prosecution of high profile and community sensitive cases.
 In the past few years, Jones has tried a number of cases, for which she has received widespread acclaim. In 1991, she obtained the maximum sentence for a 13-year-old Brooklyn youth in the murder of another teenager during a playground dispute; also in 1991, she won a lengthy prison term for the Brooklyn man known as the "Bicycle Rapist," and in 1989 she obtained a kidnapping conviction for a man who abducted two young girls, just one month after being released from a 12-year prison sentence for the rape of two children.
 Jones graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1983. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1988. Recently, Jones has been featured in People, New York magazine, Working Woman, Urban Profile, Black Enterprise, American Bar Association Journal, National Bar Association Journal, the Washington Post and newspapers across America. She has become a featured speaker for legal, political, women's and minority groups. Jones has recently been named by Marian Wright Edelman to the advisory board of the Black Community Crusade for Children, an arm of the Children's Defense Fund. Her honors include being named by the American Bar Association Barrister magazine one of the "20 Young Lawyers to Watch," receiving the 1992 Julius W. Williams Award (Young Lawyer of the Year, National Bar Association), 1992 NAACP President's Award (Trenton, N.J.) and being named one of the Outstanding Young Women in America (1986).
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