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Act Of State Pa (New/Updated),9781844672851

Act Of State Pa (New/Updated)

Edition: 00
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 4/17/2008
Publisher(s): VERSO
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The definitive account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, published on the 40th anniversary of his death. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history, and at the height of his fame in the mid-sixties seemed to offer the real possibility of a new and radical beginning for liberal politics in the USA. In 1968, he was assassinated; the movement for social and economic change has never recovered. The conviction of James Earl Ray for his murder has never looked even remotely safe, and when William Pepper began to investigate the case it was the start of a twenty-five year campaign for justice. At a civil trial in 1999, supported by the King family, seventy witnesses under oath set out the details of the conspiracy Pepper had unearthed: the jury took just one hour to find that Ray was not responsible for the assassination, that a wide-ranging conspiracy existed, and that government agents were involved. An Act of Statelays out the extraordinary facts of the King story--of the huge groundswell of optimism engendered by his charismatic radicalism, of how plans for his execution were laid at the very heart of government and the military, of the disinformation and media cover-ups that followed every attempt to search out the truth. As shocking as it is tragic,An Act of Stateremains the most compelling and authoritative account of how King's challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.

Author Biography

William F. Pepper is an English barrister and an American lawyer. He practices international human rights law from the US and from London

Table of Contents

The beginningp. 3
The House Select Committee on Assassinations reportp. 10
Relocation and more investigationsp. 14
The television trial of James Earl Rayp. 17
The continuing investigation: Loyd Jowers's involvementp. 20
Breakthroughs, January-April 15 1994p. 29
New strands and connectionsp. 42
H. L. Huntp. 42
James's last parole hearingp. 44
The Whitlock/Liberto storyp. 45
The hedgep. 47
Art Baldwin's accountp. 48
Another Marcello scenariop. 50
Louie Ward's accountp. 51
Raul and the Grabowsp. 53
The conspiracy deepensp. 62
Military organizationp. 65
The Memphis missionp. 67
Eric S. Galtp. 77
New allies, revelations, and untimely deathsp. 82
James Earl Ray's terminal illnessp. 82
Enter the King familyp. 84
The last judicial proceedingsp. 88
Loyd Jowers - continuedp. 92
James diesp. 97
Post-mortem eventsp. 98
Don Wilson's materialsp. 99
The trialp. 107
The backgroundp. 109
The local conspiracyp. 110
The crime scenep. 117
The murder weaponp. 119
Raulp. 121
The broader conspiracyp. 127
The cover-upp. 131
The defendant's prior admissionsp. 137
Damagesp. 139
The case for the defensep. 140
The closing argumentsp. 146
The jury instructionsp. 146
The verdictp. 147
The judgmentp. 147
The aftermath and a post-trial summaryp. 148
The mediap. 148
The spinsp. 149
New evidencep. 150
What we now knowp. 155
A vision unto death and a truth beyond the gravep. 163
Non nobis solum nati sumasp. 167
Disciple and masterp. 173
The state's case: the how and the why of the assassinationp. 181
Why?p. 185
How? - according to the state and its publicistsp. 186
The key issuesp. 186
The United States Attorney General's reportp. 218
Methodologyp. 218
Loyd Jowersp. 220
The location of the shooter - the rooming housep. 226
The location of the murder weaponp. 228
The Liberto involvementp. 229
The involvement of the Memphis Police Department (MPD)p. 232
The allegations of Donald Wilsonp. 237
The forensic examination of the documentsp. 244
Raulp. 246
Conspiracy allegations emanating from the King v. Jowers and other unknown co-conspirators trialp. 250
Epiloguep. 262
Afterwordp. 273
Appendicesp. 289
Notesp. 311
Indexp. 341
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