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Patty Hearst on F. Lee Bailey: ‘Couldn’t Happen to Nicer Person’

March 8, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Patty Hearst was positively gleeful when her former lawyer F. Lee Bailey was led away to jail in handcuffs and leg irons: ``It couldn’t happen to a nicer person.″

``Is that too funny?″ the 38-year-old Hearst said in Friday’s New York Post. ``I right away thought of that joke about 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean being a good start. I think F. Lee Bailey being in prison is a good start.″

Bailey represented Hearst in 1976, when she faced bank robbery charges after her abduction by a radical group. He lost. Hearst, who served several years in prison, believes Bailey was more interested in a book deal than winning her case.

On Friday, Bailey, 62, was sent to prison in Florida on a six-month contempt sentence for failing to produce $25 million in stock from a drug dealer-client.

``I enjoyed watching him taken off handcuffed and manacled,″ Hearst said. ``It all seemed so properly humiliating.″

In fact, she said she watched the video over and over again. ``I couldn’t resist,″ Hearst said.

The normally press-friendly Bailey bowled over several photographers, cameramen and reporters on his way into the courthouse.

``He’s so disgusting. He really is,″ Hearst said. ``I think almost every one of those lawyer jokes was ... about him.″

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