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Lawyer Wants To 'Ram Down The Public's Throat' The Truth About O.J. Simpson

One of the lawyers who defended O.J. Simpson in the retired football player’s high-profile murder trial is trying to put out a book explaining how his client won a not-guilty verdict.

The Daily Mail reported that the former attorney, F. Lee Bailey, and investigator Pat McKenna are looking for a publisher to release their manuscript. Simpson’s top lawyer in the 1995 trial, Robert Shapiro, added Bailey to the defense team after the famous athlete was accused of killing Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

Simpson and Brown were separated, but still married, when the crime took place.

A jury acquitted the suspect, but he went to jail several years later on an unrelated charge of stealing sports memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him. Months ago, a parole board released the 70-year-old Simpson from a federal prison in Nevada after he had spent nine years behind bars.

Soon afterwards, he reportedly had dinner with Bailey at the Palms hotel.

In an interview with The Palm Beach Post, Bailey explained why he wants to publish a book about the so-called “trial of the century.” He claimed that he and McKenna “are not writing this to make a fortune,” adding: “We’re writing this to ram it down the public’s throat until they understand what happened.”

The Daily Mail pointed out that Bailey no longer works as an attorney. He was disbarred in 2001 for contempt of court, and did prison time for refusing to return $6 million that another client had paid him.

Bailey recently told the Porkins Policy Review that defending Simpson damaged his professional reputation. “Lawyers and judges have remonstrated with me for prostituting my talents because, they say, I was the reason O.J. got acquitted,” he claimed.

Bailey slammed the prosecutor in the trial, Marcia Clark, calling her “not the brightest lawyer I ever met.” He accused her, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, of presenting a “BS” case against his client.

Simpson is residing in Florida, where he says he wants to have a quiet life while getting closer to his two grown children. They were asleep inside Brown’s home in Brentwood, Calif., when their mother was murdered outside.

Simpson, who lost a wrongful-death civil case as a result of the killings, owes about $70 million to the families of Brown and Goldman. He has argued that he cannot afford to pay the legal settlement. “He's going to focus on kids, friends, his family and golf; maybe not the first day or second, but he is going to go out,” said Tom Scotto, a friend.

Bailey was part of a group of lawyers dubbed “the dream team.” Others who defended Simpson included Robert Shapiro, Johnny Cochran Jr., Robert Kardashian and Gerald Uelmen.

Simpson rose to prominence as one of the National Football League’s most accomplished running backs. He later starred in movies and made television commercials. His fame and fortune crumbled following his murder trial, as many people continued to believe that he committed the crime.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Charles LeBlanc/Flickr, YouTube, WireImage

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