OJ Simpson trial attorney F. Lee Bailey dies at 87 – Boston Globe
F. Lee Bailey, who brought drama, arrogance and cunning to the courtroom by portraying football star OJ Simpson, heiress Patty Hearst and Boston suspect Strangler before his career ended, died Thursday at the age of 87, the Boston Globe reported. Bailey died in Georgia, The Globe reported. TMZ quoted his son as saying Bailey was in a hospice there. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report. Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges in 1995 following the “Trial of the Century” in Los Angeles, posted a video tribute to Bailey on Twitter, calling him “one of the great lawyers of our time.” Bailey became one of the country’s most famous lawyers with court victories that included the acquittal of a figure from the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and a successful appeal for Sam Sheppard, a doctor from Cleveland. convicted of murdering his wife. In his later years, however, he lived above a barber shop in Yarmouth, Maine, banned from practicing law and his fortune gone. Bailey has built a reputation for being an incisive and quick cross-examiner with a keen memory, a flair for the spectacle, an in-depth knowledge of polygraph exams and a hate-losing mentality. “I can’t say no to a case if he has one of three qualities – professional challenge, notoriety, or big expense. “Bailey told the New York Times in his heyday. His imperious nature, relentless style, and love of publicity made Bailey enemies among the judges and his collars legate lawyers. He had a big public outburst with longtime friend co-counsel Robert Shapiro just before they opened what turned out to be a successful defense in Simpson’s sensational 1994 double murder trial. “Guys like Bailey – and there aren’t many of them – are great characters and don’t generate great love,” Roy Black, a Miami defense attorney and friend of Bailey’s, told the Jacksonville. Times-Union in 2000. “He’s a chinstrap guy. That’s all he can do and he’s not going to win any popularity contests for it.” Bailey once summed up his approach, telling The Times: “ Pursuing or defending a case is nothing more than reaching out to those people who will speak on your side, who will say what you mean. … I use the law to thwart the law. But I don’t established the ground rules. I am only a player in the court game in 1996 and spent 44 days for failing to surrender d The shares and $ 700,000 that a Florida marijuana dealer gave him. Prosecutors said the shares and money should have been confiscated. Bailey said it was his payment from the drug dealer. A deal was reached in the case, but Florida struck Bailey out of the bar in 2001, saying he had engaged in “several counts of gross misconduct, including offering false testimony.” Massachusetts also struck him off the bar. Bailey suffered another notable loss in the defense of Hearst, daughter of media scion Randolph Hearst, who during his college days was kidnapped in 1974 by the extremist group Symbionese Liberation Army. Bailey began Hearst’s defense by saying it was “not a difficult case” and tried to convince jurors that she had been brainwashed by her captors and forced to wield a gun. in a bank robbery in San Francisco two months later. Hearst was convicted of a bank robbery in 1976, spent two years in prison, and accused Bailey of spoiling the trial. She appealed on the grounds that Bailey had organized a poor defense, was tired and shaking during the trial and had a conflict of interest due to her intention to write a book about her case. Bailey was part of the legal “Dream Team” that wiped out Simpson in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife and friend in a tumultuous trial. Shapiro accused Bailey of undermining him, including sowing unflattering media stories, and announced that he would only speak with Bailey about the trial. a racist and had planted a bloody glove to frame Simpson. No charges were fully substantiated in court, but served to weaken Fuhrman’s credibility. MARINE PILOT Francis Lee Bailey Jr. was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on June 10, 1933. He left Harvard after two years and discovered the two driving passions of his life – law and aviation. Bailey joined the Navy before moving to the Marines and becoming a fighter pilot. After his military service, he attended Boston University Law School while simultaneously running an investigative firm for lawyers. Bailey’s first big hit came in Ohio in 1966 with Sheppard’s Call. He took it to the United States Supreme Court and had the conviction overturned on the grounds that Sheppard’s jury had not been properly sequestered. Bailey got the doctor’s acquittal at the retrial. The case was cited as an inspiration for the popular TV show and film “The Fugitive”. Bailey went on to become a key figure in the Boston Strangler case – 13 single women, most of them sexually assaulted, killed between 1962 and 1964. Albert DiSalvo was being held on a separate rape charge, but knew of details about the murders that did not exist. had not been made public. Bailey wanted to use his confession as part of his insanity defense on DiSalvo’s rape charge. But the judge did not allow the confession and DiSalvo was found guilty of the rape. He was stabbed to death in prison before he could stand trial in the Boston Strangler murder, but was a serious suspect. Bailey successfully defended anesthesiologist Carl Coppolino in the 1963 murder of his mistress’s husband in New Jersey, but failed to get Coppolino out a few years later when the doctor killed his wife in Florida. Bailey also secured the acquittal of Army Captain Ernest Medina, who had been accused of ordering the My Lai massacre. villager in Vietnam, and for two suspects in the $ 1.5 million theft from the Great Plymouth Mail Robbery in Massachusetts in 1962. In 2013, Bailey sought to resume his legal practice in Maine but the Supreme Court of l The state turned it down, so he ran a legal advisory service there. In June 2016, he filed for bankruptcy over a $ 5 million federal tax bill.