O.J. Simpson’s Defense Lawyer Francis Lee Bailey Files for Bankruptcy

by San Antonio Attorney

O.J.  Simpson’s defense attorney Francis Lee Bailey Jr.  has filed for bankruptcy in Maine to eliminate a $5 million debt to the IRS.

Normally, overdue payments to the IRS cannot be discharged by bankruptcy.  But Bailey said that it is possible if one follows certain rules, including filing and paying taxes promptly.

According to reports, Bailey’s debt comes from queries regarding reportable income starting 1993 until 2001.

The 83-year old disbarred attorney was one of Simpson’s lawyers during the former athlete’s murder trial in 1995.  Simpson was acquitted in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

In the 1966 second trial, Bailey exonerated Dr.  Sam Sheppard in the conviction of murdering his wife.  The trial is the reason why the media blackout is now required to make sure juries do not make biased decisions.

Bailey also represented Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to killing 13 women in Boston, Massachusetts from 1962 to 1964.

In 2001, Bailey was expelled from the Florida Bar in 2001 due to mishandling the assets of client, and Massachusetts issued disbarment two years later.  His request to receive admission to the Maine Bar was denied in 2014.  A judge’s ruling to allow him to practice in the state was reversed by the Supreme Judicial Court.

Bailey said in an interview that he is asking the bankruptcy court to discharge his IRS debts considering that he is already 83 years old and finds it difficult to come up with that amount quickly.

According to Bailey, he tried to resolve the case but he was rebuffed because his celebrity status would make the IRS look bad if they settle with him.

The set of laws governing tax debt discharge in the bankruptcy process can be quite complex.  Nevertheless, do not let it discourage you from taking it into consideration.  A knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney can help determine whether this option is available for you.

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