Need to Rebuild FBI Reputation
Tasks Facing the Prospective New Director
When President Carter nominated U.S. District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Aug. 17, there was a sigh of relief in much of the nation. The 58-year-old Alabama judge, a staunch defender of civil rights and a hard-liner on law and order had been Carter's first choice to head the troubled FBI but had refused the post last December. After he learned that the President and Attorney General Griffin B. Bell were not entirely satisfied with the recommendations of a nine-member search committee for a new FBI director, Johnson let it be known that he had changed his mind and was willing to accept ...