THE HEAD OF A RACIST CONSPIRACY?
Prosecutor Burrell Ives Humphreys is a believer in civil
On Carter's guilt...
"The defendants came to that bar that morning with a very specific purpose in mind, and that purpose was murder. Without a word, Mr. Carter fired a shotgun blast at the bartender," which severed his spinal cord and killed him.
-- From Humphreys' opening statement
On race & the trial...
"This case improved race relations. Two courageous blacks on the jury looked at the facts and voted accordingly."
On defense tactics...
"The defense constructed a theory that everybody was persecuting them. That's not necessarily the best way. Good defense attorneys will tell you the best way to try it was to stress reasonable doubt and not antagonize the court, heap abuse on the prosecutor and try to convince everybody the police are out to get you.
"The defendants had to make a decision on whether they wanted to win or whether they wanted to win in a manner designed to produce books. If they were acquitted on the basis of reasonable doubt, would that make much of a movie?"
-- Humphreys after Carter's second
"We knew we had a sound case with or without Bello. Even if no one else thought so, Bello was one of our weaker links."
From the New York Daily News, December 1976: Appointed as Passaic County prosecutor in 1975, Humphreys is a curious mixture of civil rights advocate and firm law-and-order man. He is a 49-year-old Wayne resident who was graduated from Temple Law School in 1952. He worked for the state attorney general's office in civil rights and official corruption investigations before entering private practice.