F. Lee Bailey passed the Maine bar exam last winter, but the Maine Board of Bar Examiners denied his request to practice law in the state of Maine, the Sun Journal reported on Monday, Dec 31.
F. Lee Bailey, 79, is the attorney who represented O.J. Simpson and Patty Hearst. Bailey was previously licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Florida but was disbarred in those states in the 2000s following a Florida Supreme Court ruling on seven counts of attorney misconduct for mishandling a case involving a marijuana dealer.
F. Lee Bailey spent 44 days in federal prison for mishandling $6 million worth of stock in a pharmaceutical company.
In a 5 to 4 decision, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners wrote that “Mr. Bailey has not met his burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that he possesses the requisite honesty and integrity" to practice law in Maine. The four dissenting board members recommended that he be allowed to practice in Maine.