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Bell / Opposition / Interview #486692

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 20, 1976
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(Studio) Opposition to Bell's appointed noted; NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) comments cited. In Atlanta, people praise him.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Civil rights leaders oppose Bell's appointed; don't agree on reasons. Urban League spokesperson Vernon Jordan says Bell would make good Attorney General but job should have gone to black person. [JORDAN - notes concern re: inclusion of blacks in cabinet.] Common Cause spokesperson David Cohen says Bell too close to Carter. [COHEN - says Carter's used old political friend for job.] In Washington, DC today, congress black caucus members meet with regard to Bell; chairperson Parren Mitchell says they'll investigate Bell with other civil rights groups. [MITCHELL - says if fundamental flaws in civil rights and liberties revealed in background, caucus will lead fight against Senator confirmation.] Most congress sources say Bell will be confirmed.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee

(Studio) In Atlanta, people reject idea Bell slow in desegregation in 1960's.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) Bell's proponents cite Bell's honor as man of year by Morris Brown College as example against criticism. Attorney Hamilton Lokey credits Bell with successful Georgia integration. [LOKEY - cites Morris Brown award; says college wouldn't give it to "Uncle Tom" or anti-civil rights person.] Some say Bell has knowledge and experience to reorg. judicial system. [LOKEY - says no one better to do this than Bell.] This seems to be consensus of Atlanta legal community.
REPORTER: Don Harris

(Studio) (Interview with Bell.) Asks if opposition surprised Bell and why it's there.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) [BELL - says NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) opposition surprises him; cites 2 reasons he might be opposed: he's Southerner and moderate rather than liberal.]

(Studio) Anchor asks if Bell is really moderate conservative.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) [BELL - says it's probably fair.]

(Studio) Asks if he'd consider proposing black as head of Justice Department civil rights division and if he's done it before.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) [BELL - says yes and hasn't had occasion to do it before; comments on matter.]

(Studio) Notes Carter said in campaign he agreed with some of Burger court's decisions. Asks if Bell agrees and if he once said more attention should be paid to crime victims.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) [BELL - says he did make statement with regard to crime victims. Says he's said Burger court on right track; is stabilizing after breakthroughs by Warren court]

Chancellor, John;
Ellerbee, Linda;
Harris, Don

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