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Real-Life Indiana Jones Dies

George Hedges was a successful Hollywood litigator at a high-profile firm representing Mel Gibson and the Presley estate. But “not unlike a certain mild-mannered cinematic professor given to the occasional jaunt,” The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Miller writes, Hedges “also had a passion for archaeology.” On one expedition, he helped uncover Ubar, a storied city lost beneath the sands of Oman around the early sixth century A.D. Funding for the undertaking was secured by Hedges through sponsors Mountain Dew and Kit Kat, “which proved very popular among the tribesmen of the Arabian Desert,” Miller writes. But Hedges was proudest of a successful two-decade pro bono campaign he waged to overturn the death sentence of murder convict Adam Miranda.