F. Lee Bailey Quotes

Francis Lee Bailey, Jr., (born June 10, 1933) is an American former attorney. For most of his career, he was licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. He was a criminal defense attorney who served as the lawyer in the re-trial of osteopathic physician Sam Sheppard. He was also the supervisory attorney over attorney Mark J. Kadish in the court martial of Captain Ernest Medina for the My Lai Massacre, among other high-profile trials, and was one of the lawyers for the defense in the O. J. Simpson murder case. He has also had a number of visible defeats, legal controversies, and personal trouble with the law, and was disbarred in Massachusetts and Florida for misconduct while defending his client Claude DuBoc. In 2014, he was denied a law license by the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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If I'm offered a good case in Florida or a good case somewhere else, South Florida will win every time.

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The legal profession is a business with a tremendous collection of egos. Few people who are not strong egotistically gravitate to it.

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Those who think the information brought out at a criminal trial is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth are fools. Prosecuting or defending a case is nothing more than getting to those people who will talk for your side, who will say what you want said.

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There are no major cities I haven't been in - at least once. I'd be just as happy not to go out of town for a couple of months and play with toys.

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The memory of the American public is about six weeks.

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Fear is something you have to throw into a corner. Constantly. Because it never goes away.

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The people I have no feeling for are professional killers. But I count that man no worse than a governor who won't commute a death sentence because it's unpolitical.

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The quality of news coverage has diminished, because giants of the print media are no longer being nurtured properly.

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Justice Scalia is predictable. He can be counted on to come down with a conservative opinion, and generally, to bring Justice Clarence Thomas with him.

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Among the rednecks of America, which there are many more than people seem to realize, it was terribly damaging. I got blamed for O.J.'s acquittal.

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I enjoy personal injury cases. I've tried quite a few of those. And, frankly, any kind of litigation that is trouble-shooting, whether it's equities, suits and injunctions, or whatever.

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I would strongly recommend any young man to stay away from criminal law. It's not a good place to be, unfortunately.

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My experience is, people who retire die sooner than they should have.

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Most people think that 'I don't recall' is a clever answer. But it isn't that clever. You might not recall that you had bacon and eggs for breakfast- but if you killed your mother, you'll remember it.

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I use the rules to frustrate the law. But I didn't set up the ground rules.

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