The Nation: The Master of Acquittals

It came as no surprise to anyone who has ever opposed him in a courtroom that F. Lee Bailey emerged as Patty Hearst's top lawyer last week, shortly after joining the defense team. One of the best, toughest and most flamboyant criminal lawyers in the nation, Bailey, at 42, is a loner, a leader who could no more be a second-stringer than Joe Namath could be a back-up quarterback.

Before Bailey was hired by the Hearsts, he had to be accepted by Patty, who gave her quick approval after talking to him in jail. At...

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