Reminiscing About F. Lee Bailey

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed John D. O’Connor.

John O’Connor, the Price of Business legal analyst, worked as a junior lawyer against the great Bailey in the U.S. v Patty Hearst case, then dubbed the “Trial of the Century.” John had previously worked with famous lawyer Melvin Belli, who had been in a cross-country partnership with Bailey, which ended right before John’s hiring, giving him many stories filtered through Belli’s equally immense ego. During the Hearst trial, Lee was gracious and kind to John, his young lawyer on the opposition, and showed true Irish charm throughout, always with a drink in  his hand.  Lee’s macho feistiness in Court likely helped him win the next “Trial of the Century” on behalf of O.J. Simpson. But, as John will explain,  Bailey’s hubris caused, as in a Shakespearean drama, his tragic downfall in the winnable Hearst case.   Lee Bailey was a true American original, who will be fondly remembered by those, like John, to whom he showed warmth and kindness when such was unnecessary for the country’s most famous lawyer. God bless you, Lee.

Kevin Price introduces Price of Business show recurring guest, John D. O’Connor. O’Connor was the famed attorney of Watergate’s “Deep Throat. 
According to “O’Connor served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Northern California from 1974-1979, representing the United States in both criminal and civil cases. Among his interesting assignments have been representation of the government during the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s; writing Fifth Amendment and “state of mind” briefs for the prosecution in United States v. Patricia Hearst; representing the FDIC, FSLC and RTC during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s; representing California Attorney General Dan Lungren in campaign-related litigation; defending R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in significant smoking and health litigation; representing Coach Don Nelson in litigation with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; and representing W. Mark Felt regarding the revelation of his identity as Deep Throat.”

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