LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – F. Lee Bailey has been denied Maine Bar admission. F. Lee Bailey learned this fall that he was denied admission to practice law in Maine. The former OJ Simpson defense attorney was previously licensed then disbarred in Massachusetts and Florida, and eventually served a federal prison term.
Bailey, now 79, was hoping to jump start his career after spending forty-four days in federal prison. He was previously admitted in Massachusetts and Florida but disbarred after he was found to have allegedly misused client funds amounting to $6 million. Bailey was ordered to serve a federal prison term and pay millions back.
Bailey, now a resident of Maine, took and passed the Maine Bar examination in February. But in November, the five members of the State of Maine Board of Bar Examiners issued a negative twenty-two page decision against Bailey. Published in part today in the Sun Journal newspaper, the Bar found “Mr. Bailey has not met his burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that he possesses the requisite good character and fitness necessary for admission to the Maine Bar.”
The panel also ruled that Bailey failed to “resolve doubt regarding Bailey’s good character and fitness to practice law in light of the past disbarments.” Bailey has vowed to fight the decision.