F Lee Bailey
January 11, 2011 by USA Post
F Lee Bailey, (AP) – Evidence of OJ Simpson’s innocence has been hampered in the 1995 trial in which he was acquitted in murder his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles, one of his former lawyers said in a new document.
In the document of 20,000 words, F. Lee Bailey tells of four people who could have supported the theory of Simpson, but never testified. It also gives an overview of the sensational trial of his own point of view.
Simpson was found not guilty. Most Americans are convinced he is guilty, “said Bailey, but the document could convince some skeptics that he is innocent.
Bailey wrote the document, “The Verdict Simpson” in 2007, a proposal for a book that never materialized. He has published on its website Sunday.
“It’s about time someone put the real facts of the case,” he told The Associated Press.
In the document, Bailey said the defense team was prepared to call four people who never testified – a forensic pathologist, an expert on battered women, an expert in blood and the person whose testimony possible, “said it is the largest of the four: a man who might have seen the killers.
This testimony, he writes, saw a woman the night of the murders of the kind described Nicole Brown Simpson in an apparent confrontation with two men, neither of which was OJ Simpson. Upon hearing of the murder the next day, the witness recalled what he saw on tape and wrote a detailed description and sketch of his observations.
But the defense team decided not to call any of the four to the witness stand, fearing that jurors would be rejected and additional mistrial declared that the trial of eight months is not soon at its end, Bailey wrote. Bailey said Monday he thinks the real killers were out to collect a drug debt and killed Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman after taking them to their goals.
The document could affect a sector of the public into believing in the innocence of Simpson in the 1995 case, said Bailey. But he knows there is another group whose spirit could not be changed “with a hammer,” and believes that the trial tainted his reputation in this group.
“Among the rednecks of America, where there are many more people seem to realize it was terribly wrong,” he said. “I’m blamed for the acquittal O.J.
Bailey was part of Simpson’s defense team when the former NFL star was acquitted in June 1994 deaths of Nicole Simpson and Goldman.
Bailey, who now lives and works as a consultant in this town 10 miles north of Portland, said his agent asked him to write an overview of the Simpson case for a publisher interested in a book. But the idea was abandoned after the storm and the potential cancellation of Simpson’s book, “If I Did It,” in which Simpson put forth a hypothetical description of these murders.
But Bailey has shared her paper with dozens of people over the years, and a number of them asked him to release him. His site designer suggested she put it online, and his first appearance on both its website and that of the Portland Press Herald newspaper.
Although Simpson was found not guilty by a court of law, Bailey said it was important to show him innocent in the court of public opinion.
“OJ has what I call the damnation of an acquittal,” said Bailey.
Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred, who represented the family of Nicole Brown Simpson during Simpson’s trial, said she saw no “smoking gun” document in which Bailey could convince people who think he was guilty to think otherwise.
If the evidence Bailey were so strong, she said, it would have been introduced in the later civil trial in which Simpson was found liable for the deaths and ordered to pay 33.5 million and a trial.
“If Mr. Bailey can not think of anything better than to try to help the good name of OJ Simpson, which is really sad,” said Allred.
The last time Bailey was talking to Simpson in 2008, the day Simpson was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges for his role in the robbery under threat from two sports memorabilia dealers in a hotel Las Vegas. He is serving a sentence of nine to 33 years.
Bailey said he is not shopping his paper in the hope of an agreement to book – although he would not refuse the offer to the right – but still hopes to get it into the arena public.
He is not surprised that the paper has received over 20,000 hits in its first day online.
“I can go anywhere a storm in the U.S., saying:” OJ, “he said.
Besides Simpson, Bailey has represented clients including Dr. Sam Sheppard, Patricia Hearst and Albert DeSalvo, the man who confessed to being the Boston Strangler, in a legal career stages. There was also a controversial figure, and was disbarred in Florida and Massachusetts.
Bailey was disbarred in Florida in 2001 for mishandling $ 6 million and stock for a customer. After reviewing the case of Florida, Massachusetts he removed two years later.
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