Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bail Me Out

When I read this about acclaimed former OJ attorney, F. Lee Bailey, my first thought was: Pray for more.

I loathe Attorneys, the arrogance, the impudence and sheer bravado does little to ensure that rights are met, wrongs are solved and questions answered.  Instead they muddy the water which is already pretty dirty with more junk in the form of forensic science that has no validity, additional idiotic concepts such as Jury Science that can Magic 8 Ball read the jury's thoughts and in turn pick a jury that will be favorable to the desired outcome.  It is just that the other side has the same Magic Ball and they have better laws and more arms on their side to ensure the outcome will always be on their side.  And lastly the costs and fees associated with any court related interest, be that civil or criminal, that place most Attorneys out of reach of those most in need.

Basically we already know there is a surplus of Lawyers, some Law schools are closing doors after exploiting people to pay exorbitant tuition and in turn failing to pass the State bar and/or unable to secure a position that enables one to work in the field they are educated.  Add to that the lack of diversity in many law firms, the increasing consolidation of law firms and businesses finding new ways to avoid hiring and employing said firms for largely in house work.

The failings of Mr. Bailey makes me laugh as I do recall his hubris and the heightened hysteria about the final large case of his career - OJ - and now today the Juice is loose and Bailey is broke.   Well at least Nathan Lane played him with the appropriate gravitas, whoops I mean flamboyance,  in the American Crime Story, OJ Simpson.  Ah karma is a bitch.

O.J.’s last defender — F. Lee Bailey — is broke, disbarred and working above a hair salon
By Michael S. Rosenwald
The Washington Post October 1

Johnnie Cochran is dead.

Marcia Clark writes murder mysteries.

Judge Lance Ito is retired.

Kato Kaelin tweets a lot.

And F. Lee Bailey, the famed criminal defense attorney, is flat broke.

Early Sunday morning, O.J. Simpson — the NFL icon who brought them together more than two decades ago — was released from a Nevada prison after serving nine years for a robbery conviction. Wearing jeans, a denim jacket and a denim cap, he was released shortly after midnight PDT from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast told The Associated Press.

“I don’t have any information on where he’s going,” said Keast, who watched as Simpson signed documents and was let go. The dead-of-night release was designed to avoid a media scrum.

Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, had described him in an interview with ABC News as eager to reunite with his family, eat steak, move back to Florida and get the latest iPhone.

Simpson had spoken during his July parole hearing, asserting that “I’m not a guy who has lived a criminal life.”

But of all the characters who played a role in Simpson’s unforgettable acquittal for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, no one’s life has changed as dramatically as Bailey’s.

Bailey joined Simpson’s defense team with a courtroom résumé that even Perry Mason would be jealous of. Bailey got neurosurgeon Sam Sheppard a new trial on charges he brutally killed his wife — and a not-guilty verdict. He defended fugitive newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, the “Boston Strangler” and scores of other accused murderers. He was rich, flew on private jets and even played himself in a movie.

Today he lives with a hairstylist in Maine. At 84, he works above her salon.

“I won’t say it’s depressing, because I don’t think I ever get depressed,” Bailey told writer Andrew Goldman in a remarkable profile in Town & Country magazine.

***(note this is the same Andrew Goldman headlocked by Harvey Weinstein and the assault was covered up by the media. Another mighty have fallen.  And he too has an interesting professional history as I wrote about with regards to the Gay Mafia.  God I love Hollywood!  So sad. Too bad!)***
The story details Bailey’s life post-O.J. — not just his remarkable fall but also his steadfast belief that a Los Angeles jury reached the correct verdict in acquitting the actor and Hertz pitchman of killing Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Last year, Bailey filed for bankruptcy after a string of scandals inside and outside the courtroom left him disbarred and shamed. He was accused of misappropriating funds from his defense of an alleged drug dealer.

Here’s what he had left: a 1999 Mercedes station wagon (gold, of course).

Unable to practice law, Bailey runs a consulting business above the salon. His office is decorated with models of jets he once owned. But to the fine people of Yarmouth, Maine, Bailey is still famous, a courtroom legend in their midst.

The Town & Country writer had lunch there with Bailey, who ordered a pinot grigio:

Next to him sits Debbie Elliot, his girlfriend of seven years. “A pretty good-looking 62,” he remarks, an accurate assessment of the curvaceous salon owner, who is dressed in head-to-toe black, her platinum blond hair pulled back in a ponytail. Bailey, who in the 1970s wore sideburns so bushy they resembled a barrister’s wig, now has thin white hair clipped close to the scalp, a side effect of cohabitation with a hairdresser.

Bailey tried to return to the courtroom, but he has been turned down, even after passing the bar exam not long ago in Maine. His old lawyer pals, including Alan Dershowitz, have a not-so-complicated legal theory about why.


“Without a doubt,” Dershowitz told Town & Country. “I think it was a major factor in the vindictive way in which he’s been treated.”

Bailey won’t object to that one.

“People at every level, judges on down, pointed the finger and said, ‘If you hadn’t prostituted your talents for this guy, he would have gone to jail,’ ” he told Town & Country.

Bailey used to keep in touch with Simpson, who would call to chat about life and, later, from jail, about how to get out. And then suddenly, after Simpson was convicted in the Las Vegas hotel room heist, the calls stopped.

“He says he was told that Simpson was warned by prison officials to steer clear of Bailey if he wanted to get on the good side of the parole board,” Town & Country reported.

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