F. Lee Bailey Bio, Career, Education, Age, Notable Cases, Age, Family and Net Worth

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Who Is F. Lee Bailey?

F. Lee Bailey (Francis Lee Bailey Jr) is an American lawyer, specializing in criminal law. He is well known for representing physician Sam Sheppard until he was acquitted.  Furthermore, he also defended O.J Simpson, a former football player who was accused of murdering his wife.

Lee has practiced law in Florida and Massachusetts for most of his career, until being disbarred in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Among other high-profile cases, he represented osteopathic surgeon Sam Sheppard in a retrial, and he was the supervisory counsel over attorney Mark J. Kadish in the court of martial of Captain Ernest Medina for My Lai Massacre. Moreover, he was a member of the dream team, a team that was defending OJ in a murder case.

However, Lee was disbarred in Massachusetts and Florida due to misconduct when he was defending his client by the name of Claude  Louis DuBoc. After that, his law license was declined by the Maine Board of Bar Examiner and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.


Notable Cases

Sam Shappard

Sam was found guilty in 1954 for the murder of his wife Marilyn. The case was considered as one of the inspirations for the television series The Fugitive. Lee was living in Rocky River, Ohio at the time, he was employed by Sheppard’s brother Stephen to assist with Sheppard’s appeal in the 1960s. Bailey won a re-trial in 1966 after successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court that Sheppard had been deprived of due process. Following that, a not guilty verdict was issued. Sam’s case made Lee’s reputation, where he was described as a skilled defense attorney and was the first of many high-profile cases.

A Photo of F.Lee Bailey
A Photo of F.Lee Bailey

Boston Strangler

While in prison for a series of sexual assaults known as the “Green Man” episodes, defendant Albert DeSalvo confessed to Bailey his involvement in the “Boston Strangler” killings. DeSalvo was convicted of the assaults, however, he was never charged with the stranglings.

Carl A. Coppolino

He was accused of killing retired Army Col William Farber on July 30th, 1963. Farber was his neighbor and husband Marjorie Farber who Carl was having an affair with. Furthermore, Carl was also accused of his wife’s murder. The Prosecutor said that Carl injected his wife with succinylcholine chloride, a paralyzing drug. However due to limited forensic technology at that time the drug could not be detected. Lee defended Carl in the case of Faber in December 1996. However, Carl was jailed for the death of his wife and after serving for 12 years he was paroled.

George Edgerly

Lee studied at the Chicago-based Keeler Polygraph Institute, where he perfected his skills as a lie detector specialist. The defense hired him in this position in the case of George Edgerly, a mechanic accused of killing his wife. Lee took over the defense after Edgerly’s lawyer became disabled due to a heart attack.

Ernest Medina

Lee was the defense lawyer for Captain Ernest Medina, a US Army. Furthermore, he successfully defended him in his 1971 court-martial for responsibility in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. Ernest was court-martialed for allegedly allowing his group that he was commanding to kill My Lai a non-combatant. However, Ernest denied the allegation and said he never gave the order of killing non-combatants of their own volition.

Lee also testified that he was powerless to halt the slaughter since he didn’t find out about it until it was too late. Moreover, he also denied personally murdering any Vietnamese civilians at My Lai, with the exception of a young lady found hidden in a ditch by two soldiers, according to testimony. When the lady came out with her hands high, Ernest shorts her since he thought she was carrying a grenade as he claimed at his court-martial. Ernest won the case and he immediately left the Army.

Claude DuBoc

When the Simpson case was being tried in 1994, Lee together with Robert Shapiro defended Claude DuBoc. Claude was accused of selling marijuana, in a plea bargain agreement with the US Attorney, DuBoc agreed to give his assets to the US government. A big block of BioChem shares, valued at over $6 million at the time of the plea agreement, was among them. The stock had soared in value to $20 million when the government attempted to recover it. However, Lee argued t that he was entitled to an increase in the value of his legal expenses. He was unable to turn over the stock to the government since he had used it as security for loans.

Furthermore, Lee was sent to prison in 1996, for contempt. This was after 44 days at the Federal Correctional Institution, Tallahassee. However, his brother managed to raise the money to enable him to return the stock, and he was finally released.

O. J. Simpson

Lee joined the team that was representing Simpson just before the preliminary hearing. Lee went further and held several press conferences to outline the progress of the case. In front of a jury with a multi-ethnic background, he made the detective claim “Marine to Marine”, Lee never used the name nigger while describing the blacks at any time during the previous ten years, a claim which the defense team easily found evidence to refute.

Finally, Fuhrman was obliged to plead the Fifth in his next court appearance after Bailey drew the detective’s statement, undercutting his credibility with the jury and the otherwise damning evidence he purportedly discovered. Lee also drew some notice for placing a silver flask on the defense table, which fellow defense attorney Robert Kardashian said merely contained coffee grounds.

Koscot Interplanetary

Glenn W. Turner owns the multi-level marketing firms Koscot Interplanetary and Dare to be Great. A federal grand jury indicted Turner and eight others on conspiracy and mail fraud counts. Turner was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of breaking securities regulations.

Television Career

Lee became a host of the short-lived television series Good Company. In the series, he was interviewing celebrities in their homes. His format was the same as that of Edward R Murrow Person to Person. Furthermore, in 1983, he became a host of a short-lived syndicated television show known as Lie Detector. In this show, guests were questioned by Bailey and were then taken to a polygraph test.

How Old Is F.Lee Bailey?

He was born on 10th, June 1933 and currently, he is aged 87 years old.

F.Lee Bailey Family

Who are Lee’s Parents?

He was born in Waltham, Massachusetts Grace Mitchell. His mother was a teacher and a nursery school director while his father was an advertising salesman. His parents divorced when he was ten and much is not known about his father.

Does He Have Siblings?

There is no information about his siblings but we will update it as soon as possible.

F.Lee Bailey Education

He attended the Cardigan Mountain School and after that, he joined Kimball Union Academy, where he graduated in 1952. After graduating he joined the United States Marine Corps. After completing he was commissioned as an officer and he received his Naval Wing in 1954 following his flight training. He later returned to Boston University School of Law in 1957. In 1960 he graduated with LL.B. and he was ranked first in his class.

F.Lee Bailey Wife

He has married four-time, his fourth wife Patricia Shier died in 1999, and currently, there is no information about his love life.


He married his first wife Florence Gott in 1960 and divorced in 1961, after one year of marriage. After that, he married Froma Portney, though it is not clear when they got married they divorced in 1972. He went ahead and married his third wife Lynda Hart in 1972 and they divorced in 1980.

F.Lee Bailey Kids

He has three kids, Bendrix L. Bailey, Scott F. Bailey, and Brian Bailey.

F.Lee Bailey Height

Currently, there is no information about his height but we will update it as soon as possible.

F.Lee Bailey Net Worth

His Net Worth is around $100 thousand.