F. Lee Bailey

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F. Lee Bailey 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.
  • 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.
  • The worst men often give the best advice; our thoughts are better sometimes than our deeds.
  • The major flaw in the American justice system is that appeals focus only on procedural errors, and one's guilt or innocence is never again an issue after the original trial, even if that trial reached the wrong result.

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