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Public television’s “Rumpole of the Bailey Mystery” has been disqualified as an Emmy nominee in the miniseries category because it consisted of a number of separate stories rather than one continuous show. It has been replaced with the ABC-TV miniseries “The Bourne Identity,” said John Leverence of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Rumpole” was disqualified because its producers incorrectly entered the six-part drama as a miniseries, which tells one continuing story, Leverence said Tuesday. “Rumpole,” he said, has separate stories, each with its own beginning, middle and ending. Also nominated in the miniseries category was ABC’s “Baby M,” NBC’s “Billionaire Boys Club,” NBC’s “Gore Vidal’s Lincoln” and NBC’s “The Murder of Mary Phagan.” “The Bourne Identity,” which aired May 8-9, was sixth in the original balloting.