F. Lee Bailey, member of OJ Simpson’s “Dream Team”, at the age of 87
A former colleague said on Thursday that the celebrity lawyer F. Lee Bailey who defended OJ Simpson, Patricia Hearst and the so-called Boston Strangler had died, but his legal career ceased after he was disqualified as a lawyer in two states Up. He is 87 years old.
On Thursday, Peter Horstman confirmed the news. He and Bailey worked in the same law firm for seven years.
In his legal career for more than forty years, Bailey was seen as arrogant, self-centered, and contemptuous of authority. But in defending his clients, he is also recognized as bold, talented, meticulous and tireless.
In an interview with U.S. News and World Report in September 1981, Bailey said: “The legal profession is an industry full of conceit. Few people who are less conceited are attracted to it.”
Some of Bailey’s other well-known clients include Dr. Samuel Shepard-accused of killing his wife-and Captain Ernest Medina, accused of being connected to the Mylay massacre during the Vietnam War.
According to Simpson, the most valuable
“I have never seen anyone smarter than F. Lee Bailey,” said Bailey’s long-term legal partner and childhood playmate J. Albert Johnson.
Bailey is an avid pilot, best-selling author and TV presenter, and a member of the so-called legal “dream team” defending Simpson. Simpson is a former NFL star running back and actor who was accused of killing his wife Nicole Acquitted Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995.
Bailey is the most valuable member of the team, Simpson said in a 1996 report in Boston Globe.
“He was able to simplify everything and determine what was the most important part of the case,” Simpson said. “Li has determined what the strategy of the case is, what is important, and what is not. I think he has an amazing grasp of the most important part of the case, and it turns out that this is true.”
One of the most memorable moments in the trial was when Bailey actively questioned Los Angeles detective Mark Fuhrman, trying to portray him as a racist whose goal was to frame Simpson. This is the classic Bailey.
Watch | Bailey talks with CBC News about defending Simpson:
Fuhrman denied using racial nicknames, but the defense later discovered that Fuhrman had produced racist slander recordings.
Although Foreman remained calm under pressure, and some legal experts called the confrontation a tie, Bailey recalled the exchange a few months later and said, “That day was the day Foreman digs his own grave.”
Bailey won the acquittal for many of his clients, but he also lost the lawsuit, most notably the Hearst case.
Hirst is the heiress in the publishing industry. She was kidnapped by the Symbiotic People’s Liberation Army terrorist organization on February 4, 1974, and participated in armed robbery with the organization. In the trial, Bailey claimed that she was forced to attend because she was worried about her life. She was still convicted.
Hirst called Bailey an “invalid lawyer” in a statement, and in a statement she signed a commutation motion to reduce the trial to “ridicule, farce, and scam.” Hirst accused him of sacrificing her defense in order to obtain a book deal in this case.
After President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence, she was released in January 1979.
Sam Shepard’s defense
Bailey is known as Shepard’s lawyer, an osteopathic doctor in Ohio who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1954.
Before the landmark ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966, Shepard was imprisoned for more than a decade, and “large-scale, widespread, and biased propaganda” violated his rights. Bailey helped win the acquittal in the second trial.
Bailey also defended Albert DeSalvo, who claimed responsibility for the Boston Strangler murder from 1962 to 1964. DeSalvo admitted to the murder but was never tried or convicted and later withdrew his statement. Despite doubts about DeSalvo’s claims, Bailey has always insisted that DeSalvo is the strangler.
Throughout his career, Bailey has turned against the authorities with his sometimes rude style and pursuit of propaganda. In 1970, he was condemned by a Massachusetts judge for his “extremely self-centered philosophy,” and in 1971 he was disqualified for a year in New Jersey for discussing the case publicly.
Bailey was disqualified in Florida in 2001, and in Massachusetts the following year for his handling of millions of dollars in stock owned by a convicted drug smuggler in 1994. He was accused of contempt of court in 1996 after refusing to accept the charges and spent nearly six weeks in federal prison. Turn the stock over. This experience made him “outraged.”
He passed the Maine Bar Examination in 2013, but was deprived of his right to practice by the state’s Supreme Court. The court concluded that he did not prove that he understood the seriousness of the actions that led to his disqualification in other states.
Francis Lee Bailey was born in Waltham, a suburb of Boston, the son of a newspaper advertiser and a teacher.
He attended Harvard University in 1950, but left at the end of his sophomore year to receive training as a naval pilot. He loves flying all his life, and even owns his own airline.
While serving in the military, Bailey voluntarily became a legal officer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and soon became a legal officer with more than 2,000 people.
Bailey received his law degree at Boston University in 1960, where his average grade was 90.5%, but he did not graduate with honors because he refused to join the Law Review. He said that because of his military law experience, the university abandoned the requirement for an undergraduate degree.
Bailey has been married four times and divorced three times. His fourth wife, Patricia, died in 1999. He has three children.