Death of Sir John Mortimer

April 21, 1923 - January 16, 2009
London, England | Age 85

Writer and creator of the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, dies at 85
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By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer

LONDON -- British lawyer and writer John Mortimer, creator of the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, died Friday. He was 85.

Mortimer's family said he died early in the morning at his home in the Chiltern Hills northwest of London, with his wife and children at his side. They did not disclose the cause of death.

Mortimer combined a career as a lawyer with a large literary output that included dozens of screen...

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