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F. Lee Bailey

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.
  • Those who think the information brought out at a criminal trial is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth are fools. Prosecuting or defending a case is nothing more than getting to those people who will talk for your side, who will say what you want said.
    • New York Times, 20 September 1970.
  • 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.
    • Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1972.
  • The public regards lawyers with great distrust. They think lawyers are smarter than the average guy but use their intelligence deviously. Well, they're wrong. Usually they are not smarter.
    • Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1972.


  • 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.