One of the attorneys behind disgraced former NFL star O.J. Simpson’s successful double-murder defense is now trying to erase the lingering suspicion about his client’s guilt.
More than two decades after he was acquitted of the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her acquaintance Ron Goldman, Simpson was released earlier this year after spending years behind bars for an armed robbery conviction, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Now, lawyer F. Lee Bailey is coming to the Heisman trophy winner’s defense again, this time in the court of public opinion.
The 84-year-old litigator recently revealed he hopes to publish a book revealing a behind-the-scene look at Simpson’s high-profile defense team and lending a new perspective to the ubiquitous trial.
As part of a media tour related to that effort, Bailey appeared on a podcast this week and ridiculed prosecutor for presenting a “B.S.” case against Simpson, according to the Palm Beach Post.
He also blamed Americans for having “the attention span of a 4-year-old” and not understanding the intricacies of the trial. In addition to Simpson, Bailey said the stain of that trial remained with him for years.
“Never in my life have I been punished more for getting an acquittal,” he said.
He linked that backlash to some of his subsequent personal issues, including his contempt conviction, the loss of his law license in two states and his bankruptcy.
“I am fully convinced that had it not been for the approbation with which the so-called success in the Simpson case was greeted that the feds would not have thrown me in jail, gone after my license and did a lot of bad things that have happened,” Bailey said.
Despite his financial troubles, he claims money is not the motivation for the book he is reportedly shopping around among publishers.
“We’re not writing this to make a fortune,” he said. “We’re writing this to ram it down the public’s throat until they understand what happened.”
[Featured image: F. Lee Bailey/Associated Press]