WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., released the following statement regarding the loss of Former U.S. Attorney Griffin Bell who passed away this morning:
Griffin Bell changed the course of history. As a judge on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, his review and decisions to integrate school systems in Georgia and across the South was a model for integration throughout the nation. In his role as Attorney General under the Carter Administration, Judge Bell did much to restore the public's trust in the U.S. Justice Department, which had been damaged during Watergate. Judge Bell was a friend and advisor during my years as a lawyer in Moultrie, as well as my service in the U.S. House and the Senate. He will be remembered for his intellect, devotion to the rule of law, as well as for his humor. Judge Bell was a close personal friend and this is not only a national loss, but a personal one as well.