Rumpole author John Mortimer dead at 85
The novelist, playwright and former barrister, who was born in London in 1923, was known and loved for the comic lawyer Rumpole, whose dedication to cheap wine and motto “never plead guilty”, has been his most enduring creation. “He would announce to me on the phone that he thought he ought to ‘do a Rumpole’ on asbos or weapons of mass destruction, or some similar topic about which he felt particularly strongly. Rumpole and John became increasingly fused,” said Lacey. Mortimer originally wrote the series for television, later spinning it off into a series of books and radio programmes.