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Bailey in 1993
Francis Lee Bailey Jr.

(1933-06-10)June 10, 1933
Died June 3, 2021(2021-06-03) (aged 87)
  • Lawyer
  • businessman
  • author
  • actor
  • television personality
Employer F. Lee Bailey Consulting
Known for Defense attorney for
  • Albert DeSalvo "The Boston Strangler"
  • Sam Sheppard (appeal)
  • Joseph Barboza
  • Carl A. Coppolino
  • George Edgerly
  • Ernest Medina
  • Patty Hearst
  • 1994 DuBoc case
  • O. J. Simpson
  • William McCorkle

Attorney for

  • Korean Airlines Flight 007 family victims
  • Host of Good Company (1967)
  • Host of Lie Detector (1983)
Florence Gott
(m. 1960; div. 1961)

Froma Portney (div. 1972)
Lynda Hart
(m. 1972; div. 1980)

Patricia Shiers
(m. 1985; died 1999)
Children 3
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Navy.svg United States Navy
USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1952–1956
Rank US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant
Unit VMFA-334

Francis Lee Bailey Jr., commonly referred to as F. Lee Bailey, (June 10, 1933 – June 3, 2021) was an American criminal-defense lawyer. Bailey was born in Waltham, Massachusetts. He worked in Massachusetts and Florida.

Bailey represented Doctor Sam Sheppard on appeal after Sheppard was convicted of murdering his wife. Bailey managed to get Sheppard a retrial, in which Bailey was successful in getting Sheppard acquitted. Bailey was the lead lawyer in successfully defending Captain Ernest Medina in the court martial for the My Lai Massacre. Bailey, along with others, successfully defended O. J. Simpson in the trial where Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown.

In 2014, the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court denied Bailey's petition to have his law license reinstated.

Bailey died in Atlanta, Georgia on June 3, 2021, one week before his 88th birthday.

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