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Former U.S. Attorney who oversaw Agnew investigation dies

Former Maryland U.S. Attorney George Beall, who supervised the corruption investigation that led to Spiro Agnew’s resignation as vice president, died Monday. He was 79.

Current U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein called Beall, who served in the role from 1970 to 1975, “a legendary federal prosecutor, an exemplary public servant and a lawyer of unsurpassed integrity.”

Rosenstein, in a prepared statement, praised Beall’s commitment to justice, demonstrated by his pursuit of the Agnew case despite Beall also being a Republican. The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office will name its executive conference room in Beall’s memory.

“He went on to serve in many other public roles throughout his life, inspiring countless other lawyers with his wisdom and humor,” Rosenstein said.

Beall was also a founding member of Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Baltimore office in 1988 — when it was known as Hogan & Hartson — and served as its original managing partner.

“George mentored many of the firm’s most prominent Baltimore lawyers, and maintained close relationships with many Hogan Lovells lawyers since his retirement,” Hogan Lovells spokesman Robert Snoddy said in an emailed statement.

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