High-profile criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, who represented O.J. Simpson at his trial in 1995, has died at age 87. Bailey’s death was confirmed to The Associated Press by Peter Horstmann, who worked with Bailey as an associate in the same law office for seven years.
Bailey served as one of Simpson’s attorneys, which ended in his acquittal in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. In tribute on his Twitter page, Simpson called Bailey, “a great friend,” and “one of the great lawyers of our time. He was smart, sharp as ever. 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.”
Bailey’s legal career lasted more than four decades. In the 1960s, he secured a reversal of Dr. Sam Sheppard’s conviction in the murder of his pregnant wife and an acquittal at his second trial. He also represented Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the Boston Strangler, and Patricia Hearst. Bailey’s other high-profile clients included Capt. Ernest Medina, charged in connection with the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.