Nation: Carter's Merit

Bending a campaign promise

"All federal judges and prosecutors should be appointed strictly on the basis of merit without any consideration of political aspects or influence."

Had Jimmy Carter not made that statement during his campaign, a quarter of the 20 questions at his press conference last week would probably not have been about the removal of a Republican U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia. But once again, the President was hoist on his own piety.

The Philadelphia Attorney, David W. Marston, 35, is a Tennessee-born Ford Administration appointee who during 18 months in Pennsylvania has...

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