Death of famous lawyer Francis Lee Bailey, who had saved the day for OJ Simpson

A controversial lawyer who became famous for defending the “Boston Strangler” and helping to get OJ Simpson acquitted, Francis Lee Bailey died Thursday at the age of 87. He died in a geriatric facility in Georgia, in the southern United States, his family announced, without specifying the causes of death.

“I have lost a good person. F. Lee Bailey, I will miss you”, reacted OJ Simpson in a video posted on Twitter, considering that the deceased was “one of the greatest lawyers of our time”.

Francis Lee Bailey had greatly contributed to the acquittal of the sportsman, former glory of American football, tried in 1995 for the murder of his wife and a friend of the latter. He had proven in court that one of the police investigators had made racist remarks, accusing him in passing – without proof this time – of having placed a bloody glove himself at the home of OJ Simpson to make him accuse .

The lawyer, who had founded a private detective agency during his law studies, was considered an expert in the preparation of criminal trials, spending hours interviewing key witnesses, accumulating photos and documents, and examining crime scenes. This then allowed him to cook, without notes, the witnesses succeeding at the bar.

Jail for contempt of court

Among his other famous cases is the trial of Albert DeSalvo, “The Boston Strangler”, a serial killer held responsible for the murder of thirteen women. In 1971, he had also acquitted Captain Ernest Medina, who commanded American troops during the massacre of 104 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai.

F. Lee Bailey was born on June 10, 1933 in Massachusetts, near Boston, to modest parents. Entered Harvard University on a scholarship, he dropped out two years later before joining the US Army, eventually becoming a fighter pilot. When he returned to civilian life in 1956, he returned to university to study law and graduated top of his class.

Author of bestselling books, Francis Lee Bailey was also a regular on television shows, where he pleaded for his famous clients and even shot an advertisement for a major brand of vodka. He had also experienced legal setbacks himself, spending six weeks in prison in 1996 for contempt of court when he refused to return fees received for defending a drug trafficker. He had ended up selling his yacht – 22 meters long – to reimburse the sum.

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