Jerry’s tales about him were interesting. He said that when Bailey entered the courtroom, you could almost hear a pin drop, and when he began cross-examining witnesses, the prosecutor would move to the edge of his seat. His reputation was such that people went out of their way to accommodate him and his quick tongue and command of the English language would turn witnesses into muttering imbeciles. On one occasion, when Jerry’s ex-wife was on the witness stand, Bailey’s cross-examination caught her in such a large lie that the prosecutor jumped to his feet and said she had just made him, the prosecutor, a witness for the defense.
Still, Jerry went to prison, but the original deal that Bailey worked out was nothing like what Jerry eventually received. If the feds had stuck to their word, Jerry would be out of prison. But that’s another story for another time. For now, understand that no matter what you might think about Bailey, he was one of the best. Like someone told me, if you listed all the lawyers his equal, it wouldn’t take long to call roll.