F Lee Bailey, a well-known barrister, has died at the age of 87.


F Lee Bailey, a well-known barrister, has died at the age of 87.

According to a former colleague, F Lee Bailey, the famous lawyer who defended OJ Simpson, Patricia Hearst, and the accused Boston Strangler, died at the age of 87.

Peter Horstmann, who worked as an associate at the same law firm as Mr Bailey for seven years, verified his death.

Mr Bailey was regarded as arrogant, egotistical, and disrespectful of authority during his four-decade legal career. But he was also known for being fearless, bright, diligent, and tireless in his representation of his clients.

In a September 1981 interview with US News & World Report, Mr Bailey observed, “The legal profession is a business with a great collection of egos.”

“Only a few people who aren’t egotistically powerful gravitate to it.”

Dr. Samuel Sheppard, who was accused of killing his wife, and Capt Ernest Medina, who was charged in connection with the My Lai atrocity during the Vietnam War, were among Mr. Bailey’s other high-profile clients.

J Albert Johnson, Bailey’s long-time legal partner and childhood friend, observed, “I have never known a finer brain than that possessed by F Lee Bailey.”

Mr. Bailey was a member of the legal “dream team” that defended Simpson, the former great NFL running back and actor acquitted of killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1995.

In a 1996 piece in The Boston Globe Magazine, Simpson stated that Mr Bailey was the team’s most valuable member.

Simpson remarked, “He was able to summarize everything and pinpoint what the most important portions of the case were.”

“Lee outlined the case’s approach, including what was crucial and what was not. I thought he had a great sense of what was going to be the most essential aspects of the case, and I was right.”

Mr Bailey aggressively cross-examined Los Angeles police Detective Mark Fuhrman in an attempt to misrepresent him. It was one of the most famous moments of the trial. (This is a brief piece.)


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