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Former Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell Dead at Age 90

Griffin Bell
Griffin Bell

He was a man who brought justice to Justice.

By TOM BAXTER
Special to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Griffin Boyette Bell, who served as Jimmy Carter’s attorney general and whose South Georgia drawl and lawyerly mannerisms disguised an unusually innovative legal mind, died Monday morning. He was 90.
“He was thinking outside the box before there was a box,” said Bob Steed, senior partner at King and Spalding, which Bell molded over six decades into a politically connected law firm with a national client list.
Bell died at about 9:45 a.m. at Piedmont Hospital, according to family members. Bell had been suffering from kidney disease, pancreatic cancer and pneumonia.
A grave-side service will be held for Bell on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the historic Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus. On Friday, a memorial service will be held in Atlanta at 11 a.m., at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Rd. N.E.
“Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Griffin Bell,” former President Carter said in a statement released through the Carter Center.
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