F. Lee Bailey to speak at Husson April 29

Posted April 19, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.
Last modified April 19, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Legal expert F. Lee Bailey will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

“The School of Legal Studies is pleased to host one of the pre-eminent legal minds of the 20th century and provide our students with a rare opportunity to hear firsthand about some of the most noted criminal trials in recent history,”  Cornel Plebani, an assistant professor at Husson, said in a press release issued Monday. “Mr. Bailey has enjoyed a storied career involving many cases which remain fixed as points of both popular and academic interest.”

The talk is part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series and sponsored by the School of Legal Studies.

Bailey, a practicing litigator for decades, was on the defense team for Dr. Sam Sheppard, heiress Patty Hearst, Albert DiSalvo, who was convicted of crimes attributed to the Boston Strangler, and O.J. Simpson.

He also has been working with a Maine group trying to exonerate Dennis Dechaine of his conviction in the 1988 murder and kidnapping of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin.

Now a lecturer and consultant, Bailey is expected to share his insights into the role of a criminal defense attorney in the contemporary American justice system in his talk at Husson.

His speech was scheduled to coincide with Law Day, Sunday, May 1, according to Julie Green, spokeswoman for Husson.

Bailey, 77, now lives in Falmouth.