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Jun 26, 2016 3:59 PM

Famed attorney F. Lee Bailey files for bankruptcy in Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Famed attorney F. Lee Bailey has filed for bankruptcy in Maine in an effort to discharge an IRS debt of more than $5 million.

Debts to the Internal Revenue Service aren't normally discharged in bankruptcy proceedings, but the 83-year-old told the Portland Press Herald on Friday that it can be as long as one complies with certain conditions. The debt stems from a dispute over his reportable income from 1993 to 2001.

During that time period, Bailey served as one of O.J. Simpson's attorneys at his murder trial.

The bankruptcy filing also lists $364,925 owed on Bailey's Yarmouth condominium.

Bailey was disbarred in Florida in 2001 over mishandling client assets. Massachusetts issued a reciprocal disbarment in 2003. Bailey's bid to gain admission to the Maine bar failed in 2014.

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