Famed trial lawyer F. Lee Bailey, whose clients included O.J. Simpson, dies at 87

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F. Lee Bailey, the prominent defense attorney who represented many high-profile clients, including O.J. Simpson, died Thursday at age 87. His death was confirmed to CNN by Jennifer Sisson, a manager at Bailey's consulting firm.

Sisson described Bailey as "a great man."

Bailey was part of the so-called "dream team" of famous local and national lawyers, including civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran, defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, and DNA expert Barry Scheck, defending Simpson at his 1995 murder trial. Simpson was acquitted of killing Nicole Brown Simpson, his former wife, and waiter Ronald Goldman in 1994.

O.J. Simpson (C) listens to the not guilty verdict with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (L) and Johnnie Cochran Jr (R). Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

"I lost a great one. F Lee Bailey you will be missed," Simpson tweeted Thursday, along with a video of himself talking about the lawyer, who he described of "one of the great lawyers of our time."

Bailey also successfully defended Army Capt. Ernest Medina against court martial charges related to the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.

Among Bailey's other prominent clients were Samuel Sheppard, a doctor who was accused of murdering his wife, and who became the inspiration for the television series and movie "The Fugitive."

F. Lee Bailey (C), pictured here surrounded by newspeople and their equipment on his arrival for morning session of the trial for Patricia Hearst.

"Bailey was so committed to his clients that he really adopted the notion of their…
Evan Simko-Bednarski, CNN
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