Civil Rights Staff Director Quits

United Press International

The combative staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, J. Al Latham Jr., resigned today to return to private law practice, complaining that Congress has “hobbled” the conservative-led panel with budgetary restrictions.

Latham, a Reagan appointee, was staff director of the commission for 10 months, during which the controversial panel lurched from one crisis to the next in a battle with Congress, the Government Accounting Office and its own minority liberal faction.