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Greta Van Susteren interviews F. Lee Bailey

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F. Lee Bailey reviews the highs and lows of his storied career

(CNN) -- Looking back at a criminal law career that includes the defense of O.J. Simpson, the Boston Strangler and Dr. Sam Sheppard, F. Lee Bailey says he's not sure he would choose to be a lawyer if he had to do it over again. In an online interview with CNN Legal Analyst Greta Van Susteren, Bailey says "the flavor" of practicing criminal law "has gotten just a little bit sour."

Bailey says the low point of his career is now, as he battles allegations of ethics violations in his dealings with former client Claude DuBoc, an international drug trafficker. The Florida Supreme Court is set to rule on whether to disbar Bailey for inappropriately using millions of dollars of stock owned by DuBoc to pay his own legal fees. He says he hopes the Florida Supreme Court will "roll back... a very unfair" disciplinary proceeding.

And while a federal court hears arguments in a separate case involving the bank account of a different client, infomercial pitchman William McCorkle, Bailey says, "I just have to keep thinking of Winston Churchill, who says, 'never give in.'"

Bailey also says he is concerned about how history will judge his former client O.J. Simpson. Contrary to the apparent conclusion of the civil jury, he calls photographs of Simpson wearing Bruno Magli shoes "phonies," and says they do not tie Simpson to the bloody shoe prints found at the murder scene.

He says it is his "fond hope, as it always was in the Sheppard case, a hope that came to fruition, that the right evidence will come out" to convince the public that Simpson could not have murdered Nicole Brown Simpson or Ronald Goldman. Otherwise, Bailey says, Simpson "has no salvation."

Editors Note: In the interview, F. Lee Bailey says photos of O.J. Simpson wearing a pair of Bruno Magli shoes were rejected by the National Enquirer and TIME magazine. Spokespersons for the publications say they did publish the photos in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

CNN Legal Analyst Greta Van Susteren is Law Center Chief Legal Adviser and co-host of 'Burden of Proof'


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