January 5th, 2009
11:33 AM ET
14 years ago

Former Attorney General Griffin Bell dies

(CNN) - Former Attorney General Griffin Bell, who served in the Carter administration, has died, according to the Carter Center in Atlanta. He was 90.

Former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement that he and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter were "deeply saddened" by Bell's death.

"A trusted and enduring public figure, Griffin's integrity, professionalism, and charm were greatly valued across party lines and presidential administrations," Carter said.

"As a World War II veteran, federal appeals court judge, civil rights advocate, and U.S. attorney general in my administration, Griffin made many lasting contributions to his native Georgia and country. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Apples for sale

    Thank you Griffin for your service to our country.

    January 5, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Steve

    The article about the Bushes' cat is more in-depth.

    January 5, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Breck

    Right-wingers screaming about Jimmy Cater in 1, 2, 3....

    January 5, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. obama-mama

    May God Bless and keep his family.

    January 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Irritated in Fl

    My condolences to his family.

    January 5, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. phil k Liberty, Pa.

    Griffen Bell made a statement at the Bork hearings that resonates very deeply with me. He said that one of the most important rights is one that is not protected by the constitution, "the right to be left alone".

    January 5, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. casper

    you served your country well, you will be sadly missed.

    January 5, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. j williamson

    Jimmy Carter had many good people around him during his Presidency – Mr. Bell among them. A true Southern gentleman of his day.

    January 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. a little sad

    Steve January 5th, 2009 11:51 am ET

    The article about the Bushes' cat is more in-depth.

    As are the responses.

    My sympathies go to all families involved.

    January 5, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. AnaB

    Thank you for your service to our country Mr. Bell and my condolences to your family.

    January 5, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Former Republican Army Wife

    Many people may not have agreed with you, many may have not liked your politics. That being said, the one indisputable fact is that you served your country to the utmost of your ability and for that we are all grateful. Our condolences to your family, and our thanks to you.

    January 5, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. I'm not a Carter hater

    I think he was good for this country and that there are ideas of his from that time and going forward that were needed and some that we are beginning to embrace

    I remember his stances on solar energy and nuclear power for example (I was young but I remember him being out front on alternative fuels for example)

    January 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. dallas female

    Steve, i agree.

    January 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |