Writer John Mortimer dies
Authour created Rumpole of the Bailey
British lawyer and writer John Mortimer, creator of the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, died Friday near London. He was 85.Mortimer combined a career as a lawyer with a large literary output that included dozens of screen and stage plays and radio dramas. His most famous creation was Horace Rumpole, a cigar-smoking, wine-loving barrister who appeared in a TV series and a string of novels and stories.
Mortimer qualified as a lawyer in the 1940s and worked as a barrister in the British courts.