by Stephen Whitney

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Injustice Punished (29 of 40)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 8:9-13

Criminal defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey studied at Harvard College, but dropped out in 1952 to join the United States Marine Corps where he served as a jet fighter pilot and a legal officer. After being discharged in 1956 he went to Boston University where he
graduated first in his Law class in 1960.

As a trial defense lawyer he has taken on several famous cases:
1. In 1954, Dr. Sam Sheppard was found guilty in the murder of his wife Marilyn. The case was believed to be the inspiration for the Fugitive television series (1963-1967) and the 1993 movie.

In 1966, Bailey successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that Sheppard had been denied due process of the law, winning a re-trial in which he was found not guilty. This case established Bailey's reputation as a skilled defense attorney.

2. While defendant Albert DeSalvo was in jail for the "Green Man" sexual assaults, he confessed his guilt in the "Boston Strangler" murders to Bailey. DeSalvo was found guilty of the assaults but was never tried for the stranglings.

3. Bailey successfully defended U.S. Army Captain Ernest Medina in his 1971 court-martial for responsibility in the My Lai killings of civians during the Vietnam War.

4. He was of the lawyers who defended Patty Hearst, a newspaper heiress who had been involved in bank robberies after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974.

5. Bailey one of the lawyers on the O. J. Simpson defense team
and was the key lawyer who got the police officer Mark Fuhrman to admit he was racist which was one of the the keys to Simpson's acquittal of killing his wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Accord to the famous trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, "In America, an acquittal doesn't mean you're innocent; it means you beat the rap."
His definition is a bit cynical, but the poet Robert Frost defined a jury as "twelve persons chosen ...

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