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Reynolds To Leave Post at Justice Dept.

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Copyright 1988 Civil-rights advocates have frequently clashed with the assistant attorney general over his opposition to racial quotas as a means of redressing prior discrimination and his narrow interpretation of civil-rights statutes.

His departure comes as the department proceeds with its efforts to end federal-court jurisdiction in as many as 220 school districts. Justice officials have said they be4lieve the districts have satisfactorily complied with their desegregation orders.

Mr. Reynolds's efforts to block affirmative-action plans had a mixed record of success in the courts.

"It is emphatically the case that our uncompromising adherence to the principle of nondiscrimination has brought us noticeably closer to that day when all Americans will be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin," he asserted in his letter of resignation to Attorney General Richard Thornburgh.

A spokesman said Mr. Reynolds has met with law firms but has not decided where he will work.--ws

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