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the disbelief suspended

The British barrister and author John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, defender of playwrights, the Sex Pistols, and free speech, is dead at the age of 85.

Doing these cases,” he wrote, “I began to find myself in a dangerous situation as an advocate. I came to believe in the truth of what I was saying. I was no longer entirely what my professional duties demanded, the old taxi on the rank waiting for the client to open the door and give his instruction, prepared to drive off in any direction, with the disbelief suspended.