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Celebrity Attorney F. Lee Bailey Dies at 87 

F. Lee Bailey, the celebrity attorney who defended O.J. Simpson, Patricia Hearst and the alleged Boston Strangler, but whose legal career halted when he was disbarred in two states, has died, a former colleague said Thursday. He was 87.The death was confirmed Thursday by Peter Horstmann, who worked with Bailey as an associate in the same law office for seven years.In a legal career that lasted more than four decades, Bailey was seen as arrogant, egocentric and contemptuous of authority. But he was also acknowledged as bold, brilliant, meticulous and tireless in the defense of his clients.”The legal profession is a business with a tremendous collection of egos,” Bailey said an in interview with U.S. News and World Report in September 1981. “Few people who are not strong egotistically gravitate to it.”Some of Bailey’s other high-profile clients included Dr. Samuel Sheppard — accused of killing his wife — and Captain Ernest Medina, charged in connection with the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.Simpson caseBailey, an avid pilot, best-selling author and television show host, was a member of the legal “dream team” that defended Simpson, the former star NFL running back and actor acquitted on charges that he killed his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1995.Bailey was the most valuable member of the team, Simpson said in a 1996 story in The Boston Globe Magazine.”He was able to simplify everything and identify what the most vital parts of the case were,” Simpson said. “Lee laid down what the case’s strategy was, what was going to be important and what was not. I thought he had an amazing grasp of what was going to be the most important parts of the case, and that turned out to be true.”FILE – O.J. Simpson reacts as he is found not guilty in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in Los Angeles. Defense attorneys F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. stand with him.One of the most memorable moments of the trial came when Bailey aggressively cross-examined Los Angeles police Detective Mark Fuhrman in an attempt to portray him as a racist whose goal was to frame Simpson. It was classic Bailey.Fuhrman denied using racial epithets, but the defense later turned up recordings of Fuhrman making racist slurs.Bailey earned acquittals for many of his clients, but he also lost cases, most notably Hearst’s.’Ineffective counsel’Hearst, a publishing heiress, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist group on February 4, 1974, and participated in armed robberies with the group. At trial, Bailey claimed she was coerced into participating because she feared for her life. She still was convicted.Hearst called Bailey an “ineffective counsel.” Hearst accused him of sacrificing her defense in an effort to get a book deal about the case.She was released in January 1979 after President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence.FILE – F. Lee Bailey, defense lawyer for Capt. Ernest L. Medina, puffs out his cheeks as he talks with reporters at end of court session at Fort McPherson, Ga., Sept. 15, 1971.Bailey made his name as the attorney for Sheppard, an Ohio osteopath convicted in 1954 of murdering his wife.Sheppard spent more than a decade behind bars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a landmark 1966 decision that “massive, pervasive, prejudicial publicity” had violated his rights. Bailey helped win an acquittal at a second trial.Bailey also defended Albert DeSalvo, the man who claimed responsibility for the Boston Strangler killings between 1962 and 1964. DeSalvo confessed to the slayings, but was never tried or convicted, and later recanted. Despite doubts thrown on DeSalvo’s claim, Bailey always maintained that DeSalvo was the strangler.Throughout his career, Bailey antagonized authorities with his sometimes abrasive style and his quest for publicity. He was censured by a Massachusetts judge in 1970 for “his philosophy of extreme egocentricity,” and was disbarred for a year in New Jersey in 1971 for talking publicly about a case.Bailey was disbarred in Florida in 2001 and the next year in Massachusetts for the way he handled millions of dollars in stock owned by a convicted drug smuggler in 1994. He spent almost six weeks in federal prison charged with contempt of court in 1996 after refusing to turn over the stock. The experience left him embittered. He eventually won the right to practice law in Maine in 2013.Student, then a MarineFrancis Lee Bailey was born in the Boston suburb of Waltham, the son of a newspaper advertising man and a schoolteacher.He enrolled at Harvard University in 1950 but left at the end of his sophomore year to train to become a Marine pilot. He retained a lifelong love of flying and even owned his own aviation company.While in the military, Bailey volunteered for the legal staff at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina, and soon found himself the legal officer for more than 2,000 men.Bailey earned a law degree from Boston University in 1960, where he had a 90.5 average, but he graduated without honors because he refused to join the Law Review. He said the university waived the requirement for an undergraduate degree because of his military legal experience.Bailey was married four times and divorced three. His fourth wife, Patricia, died in 1999. He had three children.

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В Україні кінець тижня очікується помірно теплим і майже бездощовим – синоптики

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United Airlines to Buy 15 Supersonic Aircraft from Denver-based Startup

U.S.-based air carrier United Airlines announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with a Denver-based startup company for 15 supersonic aircraft the company said would fly 1.7 times the speed of sound using sustainable fuel and be 100% carbon neutral.In a press release, the airline said its deal with aerospace company Boom Supersonic has an option to buy 35 more planes once the company develops its first aircraft. The airline said this was the world’s first purchase agreement for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.On its website, Boom Supersonic said its Overture aircraft would be capable of flying 1.7 times the speed of sound — about 2,092 kilometers per hour — more than twice the speed of conventional airliners. The company said the plane would carry a maximum of 88 passengers, cruise at an altitude of about 18,288 meters and fly on 100% sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel. It hopes to deliver the planes to United by 2029.The Overture is still in development. On its website, Boom Supersonic said it hoped to build and test fly the first plane by next year.Should the plane get off the ground as planned, it will be the first supersonic airliner to fly since the Concorde was retired in 2003. The luxury plane was introduced in 1976 and flew passengers across the Atlantic via Air France and British Airways.But because of expense, noise and environmental issues, the planes never really caught on. In 2000, an Air France Concorde crashed into a hotel shortly after takeoff from Paris, killing everyone on board and four people on the ground.

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Збірна України з футболу перемогла команду Північної Ірландії

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У Білорусі державний телеканал показав «інтерв’ю» з політв’язнем Романом Протасевичем

Отримати коментарі від самого Романа Протасевича про це «інтерв’ю» і правдивість сказаного є неможливим

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EU Introduces ‘Digital Wallet’ to Store Official Documents

The European Union (EU) Thursday unveiled its plans for a digital ID wallet that would hold all official documents residents would need to allow them access to the information at home or anywhere across the 27-nation bloc.
 
At a news briefing on the proposal in Brussels, European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager said the European Digital Identity Wallet would be a smartphone app that would let users store electronic forms of identification and other official documents, such as driver’s licenses, prescriptions and school diplomas.
 
Vestager said the plan would enable the bloc’s 450 million residents to do anything they would at home — rent an apartment, open a bank account — in any EU member state. She was quick to add that the plan would not be mandatory and that citizens could put as much or as little data in the app as they felt comfortable with.  
 
She said technical work was already underway to ensure the app had the latest encryption technology available and could not be hacked.  
 
As many as 14 EU countries already have their own national digital ID systems, and EU officials say the app is being developed for compatibility with those systems. The commission plans to discuss the digital wallet with the EU’s 27 member countries and aims to get them to agree on technical details by fall so pilot projects can begin.
 
The proposal is part of a wider plan by the EU to go more digital and is a key part of its post-COVID-19 recovery package. The bloc has set a target of having all public services in the EU available online by 2030 and ensuring that every EU citizen has a digital medical record.

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Biden Aims to Restore Alliances During Visit to Europe

U.S. President Joe Biden visits Europe later this month on what will be his first trip abroad since taking office, the White House announced Thursday. Biden, who became president on January 20, will meet with world leaders in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland during his visit June 10-16.  “This trip will highlight America’s commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalizing the transatlantic relationship, and working in close cooperation with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better secure America’s interests,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement. The U.S. president will meet in the United Kingdom with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on June 10 and attend the June 11-13 G-7 summit in the county of Cornwall in southwest England. FILE – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Palace of Westminster in London, May 11, 2021.Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on June 13 before traveling to Brussels, Belgium, for the NATO summit on June 14, when he will “affirm the United States’ commitment to NATO, transatlantic security and collective defense,” Psaki said. While in Brussels, Biden will also meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues” and participate in the U.S.-EU Summit on June 15, when leaders will discuss international health security, global economic recovery, climate change and other matters. Biden will also meet with Belgium’s King Philippe and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. His European trip will also take him to Geneva, Switzerland, “where he will hold a bilateral summit with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin on June 16,” according to Psaki. Biden will also meet with Swiss President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis. 
 

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Єлизавета II наступного тижня зустрінеться з Байденом у Віндзорському замку

Джо Байден стане 12-м президентом США, з яким Єлизавета ІІ зустрінеться як монарх