Bailey, F. Lee

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Bailey, F. Lee Gender: M
Francis Lee Bailey, Jr.
born on 10 June 1933 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Waltham, Massachusetts, 42n23, 71w14
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 18°54' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°54 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 12°23'

F. Lee Bailey (1993)
photo: Kingkongphoto & from Laurel Maryland, USA, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American attorney said to be the greatest defense lawyer of all time, a flesh-and-blood Perry Mason. Greatly celebrated, he numbered among his clients such people as Patty Hearst, the Boston Strangler and Dr. Sam Sheppard.

Bailey was a Harvard drop-out who joined the Marines to be a jet pilot. Later, at Boston University, he earned one of the highest academic averages in law school history to commence his flamboyant practice. In 1979, Bailey authored a mystery novel entitled "Secrets."

He served on O.J. Simpson's notorious defense "dream team" in 1996. His courtroom theatrics seemed more the condescending and pompous charade of one caught up in his own celebrity than an exhibition of intelligence and dignity.

He was ordered jailed in March 1996 for six months on contempt charges because he refused to turn over $3 million cash and $18 million in stock that he got from a former client, a drug trafficker, to authorities. Bailey claimed that the money and stock was paid to him as fees. The government said that the money was theirs as confiscated illegal funds. He spent 44 days in jail and was released on 19 April 1996 at Tallahassee, Florida when he agreed to surrender $16 million in stock and his yacht. As of June 1999, Bailey faced new contempt charges for refusing to turn over $2 million in disputed legal fees.

The State Supreme Court of Florida barred him from practice on 21 November 2001 for the manner in which he handled the disputed 1994 drug smuggling case, giving him 30 days to conclude his affairs in Florida.

As of 11 April 2003, Bailey was no longer able to practice law in either of the two states in which he was licensed. On that day, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court agreed with the ruling by the Florida Supreme Court to disbar him for having misused nearly $6 million worth of stock belonging to a former client. Since he no longer had a state bar admission, he could no longer practice in federal courts.

He was married four times and had three kids. After a period of ill health, he died under hospice care in Atlanta on 3 June 2021, one week before his 88th birthday.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Shapiro, Robert (born 2 September 1942)
  • other associate with Simpson, O. J. (born 9 July 1947). Notes: Trial client
  • role played of/by Lane, Nathan (born 3 February 1956). Notes: 2016 miniseries "The People v. O. J. Simpson"
  • role played of/by Plummer, Christopher (born 13 December 1929). Notes: 2000 TV film "American Tragedy"


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1979 (mystery novel)
  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital March 1996 (jailed for contempt charges)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 19 April 1996 (released from jail)
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  • Work : Lose social status 21 November 2001 (disbarred in Florida)
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  • Work : Lose social status 11 April 2003 (disbarred in Massachusetts; can no longer practice law in any state)
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Source Notes

R.H. Oliver quotes his mom for a specific 2:00 AM EST, even though daylight time was in use.


  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking
  • Traits : Personality : Opportunist
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery