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April 6, 2014 12:00 AM

OEDEL: Independent counsel

They called him judge for a reason. Mercer law alumnus Griffin Bell served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for 14 years before returning in 1976 to private law practice at King & Spalding. Later, Judge Bell was tapped by President Jimmy Carter to serve as U.S. Attorney General, a role Bell ethically rehabilitated after its trashing by John Mitchell under President Richard Nixon. To ward against undue influence, Bell posted lists of those who contacted him, from White House officials on down.

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