Multiple news outlets are reporting the death of famed defense attorney F Lee Bailey, 87, who died this morning in Georgia, where he was in hospice.
His son tells the media his father’s death was NOT COVID-related, and that the family is “chalking it up to old age.”
Bailey famously (or infamously) represented some of the most notorious defendants of the 20th century, including among others, Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo, Patty Hearst, Dr Sam Sheppard (the 1960s killer not the playwright) and, of course, O.J. Simpson.
You likely remember him most from Simpson’s criminal trial, where he partnered with Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian and others. One of the most dramatic parts of the trial was when Bailey cross-examined former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman and made it clear to the jury the former cop had used the n-word. Many of those who covered the trial felt that was the moment the jury would decide to find Simpson not guilty.
Watch below (TRIGGER WARNING: n-word is said multiple times)
Tweeted OJ Simpson today:
“I lost a great one. F Lee Bailey you will be missed. He was smart, sharp as ever,” Simpson continued. “F. Lee Bailey, maybe the best lawyer of our time, of this generation, but a great guy. God bless his family. God bless you, Lee. You will be missed by me.”
Says FOX News of Bailey:
In a legal career that lasted more than four decades, Bailey was seen as arrogant, egocentric and contemptuous of authority. But he was also acknowledged as bold, brilliant, meticulous and tireless in the defense of his clients.