Famed Attorney F. Lee Bailey Dies at 87

High-profile attorney F. Lee Bailey, whose clients have included O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst and the Boston Strangler, has died of undisclosed causes, a former colleague has announced today. He was 87 years old.

“The legal profession is a business with a tremendous collection of egos,” Bailey said an in interview with U.S. News and World Report in September 1981. “Few people who are not strong egotistically gravitate to it.”

Bailey first appeared on the radar in 1954, when he defended Dr. Samuel Sheppard, who the lead character of "The Fugitive" is based on. When Bailey defended O.J. Simpson in the 1990s, it was his cross-examination of Detective Mark Furman that turned the trial in Simpson's favor.

“I have never known a greater intellect than that possessed by F. Lee Bailey,” says J. Albert Johnson, Bailey’s ex-legal partner and childhood friend.

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