Francis Lee Bailey Jr. was born on the 10th June 1933, in Waltham, Massachusetts USA and is a famous lawyer now retired, who served in a number of major cases from the 1960s, most famously ii the case of O. J. Simpson. His law licence was denied by the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2014.
How much is the net worth of F Lee Bailey? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of his net worth is over $5 million, as of the data presented in late 2016.
F. Lee Bailey Net Worth $5 Million
To begin with, Bailey was raised in Waltham, where he attended Cardigan Mountain School and then Kimball Union Academy, from where he matriculated in 1950. He began his studies at Harvard University, but in 1952 decided to join the US Marine Corps. Two years after joining, he received his aviator wings and served as pilot of combat aircraft, and then as a legal officer until his resignation in 1956.
Concerning his professional career as a criminal defence attorney, he built a reputation as a highly successful lawyer. He was involved in a number of high profile cases, including Sam Sheppard, who in 1954 was convicted in the murder of his wife Marilyn. It was believed that the case was the inspiration for the television series “Fugitives” (1963-1967). Bailey was hired by the brother of Stephen Sheppard to assist in the appeal of his brother. In 1966, Bailey successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court which was followed by a verdict of not guilty. Among others, Bailey participated in the case of Dr. Carl A. Coppolino, accused of murdering his wife, Dr. Carmela Coppolino and his neighbour Lt. Col. William Farber. The prosecution’s case rested on the claim that Coppolino injected his victims succinylcholine chloride, which at that time was undetectable. Bailey successfully defended Coppolino for the death of Lt. Col. William Farber, however, Coppolino was sentenced for murdering his wife; he was paroled after serving 12 years of his sentence.
However, probably the most famous case was of former star footballer O J Simpson. His famous interrogation of Detective Mark Fuhrman effectively destroyed the latter’s credibility, particularly his claims that he never used the word nigger to describe blacks at any time during the past 10 years. After the trial that lasted for more than eight months, Simpson was pronounced to be innocent.
Bailey’s other famous cases included the self-confessed ‘Boston Strangler’, Albert DeSalvo, Patty Hearst, George Edgerly (with the use of a lie-detector test – Bailey subsequently hosted the show “Lie Detector” in 1983), and Ernest Medina – charged with the My Lai massacre in Viet Nam. All added to Bailey’s fame and generally to his net worth.
Moreover, Bailey presented an RKO television special, which was a mock trial examining several expert witnesses on the subject of the Paul is Dead rumour (Beatle Paul McCartney).
Finally, in the personal life of the lawyer, he has been married four times and currently lives with his partner Debbie Elliot. From 1960 to 1961, Bailey was married to Florence Gott, then from 1963 to 1972 to Froma Portney, from 1972 to 1980 he was married to Lynda Hart, and finally from 1985 to 1999 to Patricia Shiers. He has three children.
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