Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

F. Lee Bailey aims to block ex-colleague's testimony

Bailey doesn't want Robert Shapiro's testimony introduced at a Florida Bar inquiry.

F. Lee Bailey doesn't want testimony from former colleague Robert Shapiro to be used against him in a Florida Bar investigation and has appealed to the Florida Supreme Court for help.

Bailey asked the state's highest court on Monday to prohibit the Bar from introducing a transcript of Shapiro's testimony from Bailey's 1996 contempt trial. Bailey was sent to jail for 43 days for failing to turn over a client's assets to the government.

The Bar has accused Bailey of violating ethics rules in his handling of money that belonged to millionaire drug smuggler Claude Duboc, whom Bailey and Shapiro represented.

The Bar alleges Bailey used money from selling stock that belonged to Duboc for his own purposes instead of those set out in an agreement with his client.

The ethics complaint is scheduled to be heard in Fort Myers later this year. The Florida Bar plans to file a response to Bailey's motion within a week, said David Ristoff, a Bar attorney.

Bailey and Shapiro have had a falling out since the Duboc trial over the handling of another client, O.J. Simpson.

The ethics complaint isn't the only disciplinary action Bailey faces.

A federal magistrate in Orlando recommended last month that Bailey be found in contempt for refusing to turn over $2-million to the government that had belonged to another client, infomercial pitchman, William J. McCorkle. Bailey has until Feb. 10 to respond to the recommendation.