05 February 2009

Mortimer's great creation

The recent death of writer John Mortimer has reminded many people of the man who was arguably his most famous creation, Rumpole of the Bailey. The somewhat grumpy Rumpole featured in a well known television series as well as short stories, novels and a radio series.

His skill at defending his clients is legendary among the criminal classes....Cross-examination is one of his favourite activities and he disdains barristers who lack either the skill or courage to ask the right questions. His courtroom zeal gets him into trouble from time to time. More than once, his investigations reveal more than his client wants him to know. Rumpole's most chancy encounters stem from arguing with judges, particularly those who seem to believe that being on trial implies guilt or that the police are infallible.

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