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Former Attorney General Griffin Bell Dies

Posted Jan 5, 2009 10:23 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Griffin Bell, a former attorney general and federal appeals judge, has died at the age of 90.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Bell’s death today. He was being treated for kidney failure, pneumonia and complications from pancreatic cancer, according to a previous story in the Journal Constitution.

Bell was a senior counsel at King & Spalding, where he became known for conducting internal corporate investigations. He was a judge on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and attorney general under President Jimmy Carter.

Bell's "South Georgia drawl and lawyerly mannerisms disguised an unusually innovative legal mind," the AJC story says.


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