Nation: Again, the FBI Gets Its Man

Judge William Webster, a Republican, takes on the bureau

During a legal conference in London last summer, Attorney General Griffin Bell and Federal Circuit Judge William Webster of St. Louis got to talking about the FBI. What would his answer have been, Bell wondered, had Webster been asked to head the bureau instead of Alabama Federal Judge Frank Johnson? "I don't know," replied Webster. "I have never thought of myself in that role."

Last week Webster, 53, was thinking about it. Seven weeks after Johnson withdrew his candidacy for health reasons, Webster was asked by...

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