Most people familiar with the facts of the 1995 double murder trial of O.J. Simpson believe he got away with the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. However, F. Lee Bailey, one of O.J. Simpson’s former defense lawyers, says he has a document that proves Simpson was not the killer.
Why now? O.J. was acquitted of the murders in 1995 and is now in jail for another crime he most certainly committed. Well, Bailey wrote the 20,000-word document in 2007 as a pitch for a book. Ahh, now it starts to make a little sense.
Bailey claims that now is the time for the “real” facts of the case to be known. In the paper, he says there were four witnesses who the defense could have called to testify – but didn’t. These four would have proved O.J. was innocent. Un-huh. Okay.
These four witnesses were a forensic scientist, a blood expert, an expert on battered women and a man who says he probably saw the “real” killers. Bailey says in his paper that the defense chose not to call these witnesses because the trial had already gone on for eight months and they feared a mistrial if it dragged on any longer.
Bailey goes on to say that there are the plentiful “rednecks of America” whose “minds could not be changed with a sledgehammer” and the trial damaged his reputation among these people.
Bailey has published his paper on his website and it also appeared in the Portland Press Herald newspaper. He says he’s looking to clear Simpson’s name in the court of public opinion.
Notably, the evidence and witnesses Bailey claims would clear Simpson’s name were never mentioned in the wrongful death civil trial, where O.J. was found liable for the deaths and ordered to pay a $33.5 million judgment.
Also notable, Bailey says he isn’t shopping for a book deal, but “wouldn’t turn down the right offer.” He was disbarred in Florida in 2001 for mishandling $6 million in stock for a client and disbarred in Massachusetts in 2003.