Georgia Legislature
Griffin Bell dies at 90; former attorney general and federal judge was at center of racial disputes

Griffin B. Bell, a Southern judge who earned both enmity and praise during the civil rights era -- and later served as a reform-minded attorney general under President Carter -- died Monday morning at an Atlanta hospital. He was 90. Bell died of complications from pancreatic cancer, said Les Zuke, a spokesman for King & Spalding, the Atlanta-based law firm that Bell helped build into a national powerhouse. Bell will be best remembered for his life in government, first as a justice in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Deep South where, as a self-described "moderate," he issued decisions that variously delighted and disappointed Americans on both sides of the integration...