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.
Legal expert F. Lee Bailey is seen in January 2011. Bailey will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.
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Legal expert F. Lee Bailey is seen in January 2011. Bailey will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.
Dennis Dechaine (center left) walks out of a meeting with attorneys at the Maine State Prison in Warren in April 2009.   Dechaine met with famed deffence attorney F. Lee Bailey (center right) who agreed to be a consultant on his petition for a new trial. He was convicted for murdering twelve-year-old Sarah Cherry of Bowdoinham in 1988. Also pictured are Dechaine's Maine attorneys Steve Peterson (left) and John Nale. Bailey will speak at Husson on April 29.
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Dennis Dechaine (center left) walks out of a meeting with attorneys at the Maine State Prison in Warren in April 2009. Dechaine met with famed deffence attorney F. Lee Bailey (center right) who agreed to be a consultant on his petition for a new trial. He was convicted for murdering twelve-year-old Sarah Cherry of Bowdoinham in 1988. Also pictured are Dechaine's Maine attorneys Steve Peterson (left) and John Nale. Bailey will speak at Husson on April 29.
Attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. holds onto O.J. Simpson as the not guilty verdict is read in a Los Angeles courtroom in this Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, 1995 file photo. Left is F. Lee Bailey and second from left is Robert Kardashian. Bailey will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.
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Attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. holds onto O.J. Simpson as the not guilty verdict is read in a Los Angeles courtroom in this Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, 1995 file photo. Left is F. Lee Bailey and second from left is Robert Kardashian. Bailey will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

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.

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