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Date of Birth 10 June 1933Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameFrancis Lee Bailey
Nickname The Flying Mouth

Mini Bio (1)

F. Lee Bailey was born on June 10, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA as Francis Lee Bailey. He is an actor, known for Whodunnit? (1979), Court TV News (1991) and Absolutely 100% Guilty (1999). He was previously married to Patricia Shiers, Lynda Hart, Froma Portney and Florence Gott.

Spouse (4)

Patricia Shiers (10 June 1985 - 12 September 1999) (her death)
Lynda Hart (26 August 1972 - 1980) (divorced)
Florence Gott (1960 - 1961) (divorced)
Froma Portney (? - 1972) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Famous lawyer and author of many true crime books.
Hosted short-lived TV chat show, "Good Company" (1967)
Bailey was the inspiration for the Clinton Judd character in the TV series, _"Judd, for the Defense" (1967)_
Some of his more famous clients have included: Albert DeSalvo (The Boston Strangler) (convicted -1965), Sam Sheppard (acquitted -1966), Dr. Carl Coppolino (acquitted -1966), Capt. Ernest Medina (acquitted -1971), Patricia Hearst (convicted -1976), O.J. Simpson (acquitted -1994)
Was spoofed by actor Tim Conway on The Carol Burnett Show (1967) as "F. Lee Bunny", a lawyer who just happens to resemble a rabbit.
Godfather of one of Robert Shapiro's children. Shapiro had successfully defended Bailey on a drunk driving charge in the early 1980s. In 1994, the two defended O.J. Simpson on charges that he murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Shapiro recruited Barry Scheck, Robert Kardashian, and Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. to form the so-called "Dream Team"; Shapiro later told an interviewer that Cochran hijacked the case from him. During that trial, Bailey accused Mark Fuhrman of being a rogue cop who framed Simpson due to racism; Shapiro had accused the cop that arrested Bailey for DUI of going rouge. Simpson's acquittal gave Bailey a brief resurgence of his reputation, which had been tarnished by his loss in the Patricia Hearst case in which Hearst had accused him of incompetence.
On November 21, 2001, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the permanent disbarment of Bailey (that is, he was stricken from the roll of lawyers admitted to practice before the state's courts) for his misconduct in the 1994 DuBoc case specifically, for misappropriating client funds. In 1994, Bailey and Robert Shapiro represented Claude DuBoc, characterized by the federal government as a marijuana trafficking kingpin, eventually negotiating a verbal plea bargain deal with the U.S. Attorney in Florida in which DuBoc agreed to turn over his assets to the federal government. His assets included shares of the company BioChem worth approximately $6 million at the time of the plea bargain but which had appreciated by an additional $14 million by the year 2000, when the government sought to collect the stock, which had been deposited with Bailey as a caretaker. Pleading poverty to the press, Bailey refused to turn over the stock to the federal government, claiming in court that he was entitled to the appreciation of the stock in lieu of payment of his legal fees. In 2000, he was sent to prison for 44 days for contempt of court. After Shapiro testified for the federal government that it was entitled to the appreciated value of the stock, Bailey eventually quit his claim and surrendered the stock and was let out of prison. His conduct in this case led to his permanent disbarment in Florida. In a reciprocal disciplinary ruling, Bailey was disbarred by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2003. The Masschusetts disbarment was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a decision issued on June 9, 2006. Bailey earlier had been disbarred by the state of New Jersey for one year, in 1971. Bailey also had been censured in 1970 when a Massachusetts judge said his attitude showed "a self-esteem of such proportions as to challenge description" and recommended disbarment. By the dawn of the 21st Century, Bailey -- one of the most famous and sought-after trial attorneys in the 1960s and '70s -- was essentially ruined.
Attended the Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, a private boarding school located not far from Dartmouth College.
Former Publisher of the 70s men's (adult) magazine, Gallery.

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