F. Lee Bailey

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Bailey in 1993

Francis Lee Bailey Jr., commonly referred to as F. Lee Bailey, (born June 10, 1933 – June 3, 2021) is a famed American defense attorney. He is well-known for his penchant for seeking out the media, as well as the high-profile cases he has been involved in.


  • Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee.
    • Newsweek, 17 April 1967.
  • 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.
    • New York Times, 20 September 1970.
  • I use the rules to frustrate the law. But I didn’t set up the ground rules.
    • New York Times, 20 September 1970.
  • I get paid for seeing that my clients have every break the law allows. I have knowingly defended a number of guilty men. But the guilty never escape unscathed. My fees are sufficient punishment for anyone.
    • Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1972.
  • The public regards lawyers with great distrust. They think lawyers are smarter than the average guy but use their intelligence deviously. Well, they're wrong. Usually they are not smarter.
    • Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1972.

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  • "F. Lee Bailey", in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, compiled by James B. Simpson, 1988.