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    Court Decision: U.S. “Government Agencies” Found Guilty in Martin Luther King’s Assassination


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    Court Decision: U.S. “Government Agencies” Found Guilty in Martin Luther King’s Assassination

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    Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis, December 1999

    By Carl Herman
    Global Research, January 22, 2013
    Washington's Blog 21 January 2013
    Region: USA
    Theme: Law and Just

    Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

    From the King Center on the family’s civil trial that found the US government guilty in Martin’s assassination:

    After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 after about an hour of deliberations that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. In a press statement held the following day in Atlanta, Mrs. Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict, saying ,

    “There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation.

    The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law… My husband once said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” To-day, almost 32 years after my husband and the father of my four children was assassinated, I feel that the jury’s verdict clearly affirms this principle. With this faith, we can begin the 21st century and the new millennium with a new spirit of hope and healing.”


    View Full Trial Transcript>

    View Transcript of King Family Press Conference on the Verdict


    The King family stands firmly behind the civil trial verdict reached by twelve jurors in the Memphis, Tennessee courtroom on December 8, 1999.

    An excerpt from remarks made by Mr. Dexter Scott King, Chairman, President, and CEO of The King Center, during the December 9, 1999 press conference regarding the verdict that may be used in support of this family decision:

    “We can say that because of the evidence and information obtained in Memphis we believe that this case is over. This is a period in the chapter. We constantly hear reports, which trouble me, that this verdict creates more questions than answers. That is totally false. Anyone who sat in on almost four weeks of testimony, with over seventy witnesses, credible witnesses I might add, from several judges to other very credible witnesses, would know that the truth is here.”

    “The question now is, “What will you do with that?” We as a family have done our part. We have carried this mantle for as long as we can carry it. We know what happened. It is on public record. The transcripts will be available; we will make them available on the Web at some point. Any serious researcher who wants to know what happened can find out.”

    The King family feels that the jury’s verdict, the transcripts of the conspiracy trial, and the transcripts of the King family’s press conference following the trial — all of which can be found on The King Center’s website — include everything that that family members have to say about the assassination.

    Therefore, the King family shares the conviction that there is nothing more to add to their comments on record and will respectfully decline all further requests for comment.

    Related Downloads

    Assassination Trial – Family Press Conference.pdf

    Assassination Trial – Full Transcript.pdf

    Excerpt from Verdict [Global Research Editor, emphasis added, for further details see full transcript]

    (Verdict form passed to the Court.)

    THE COURT: I have authorized
    this gentleman here to take one picture of
    you which I’m going to have developed and
    make copies and send to you as I promised.
    Okay. All right, ladies and
    gentlemen. Let me ask you, do all of you
    agree with this verdict?
    THE JURY: Yes (In unison).
    THE COURT: In answer to the
    question did Loyd Jowers participate in a
    conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther
    King, your answer is yes. Do you also find
    that others, including governmental agencies,
    were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by
    the defendant? Your answer to that one is
    also yes. And the total amount of damages
    you find for the plaintiffs entitled to is
    one hundred dollars. Is that your verdict?
    THE JURY: Yes (In unison).
    THE COURT: All right. I want
    to thank you ladies and gentlemen for your
    participation. It lasted a lot longer than
    we had originally predicted. In spite of
    that, you hung in there and you took your
    notes and you were alert all during the
    trial. And we appreciate it. We want you to
    note that our courts cannot function if we
    don’t have jurors who accept their
    responsibility such as you have.
    I hope it has been a pleasant
    experience for you and that when you go back
    home you’ll tend tell your friends and
    neighbors when they get that letter saying
    they’ve been summoned for jury duty, don’t
    try to think of up those little old lies,
    just come on down and it is not so bad after
    I know how much you regret the fact
    that you won’t be able to come back for the
    next ten years. I don’t know, I may or may
    not recognize you if I see you on the street
    some day, but if you would see me and
    recognize me, I sure would appreciate you
    coming up and reminding me of your service
    To remind you of your service, we
    have some certificates that we have prepared
    for you. They look real good in a frame.
    Not only will they remind you of your service
    here, but they will remind you also of that
    wonderful judge who presided over this. We
    do thank you very much on behalf of everyone
    who has participated in this trial.
    You were directed not to discuss the
    case when you were first sworn. Now that
    your verdict has been reached, I’m going to
    relieve you of that oath, meaning that you
    may or may not discuss it. It is up to you.

    No one can force you to. And if you discuss
    it, it will only be because you decide that
    you wanted to.
    I guess that’s about all except that
    I want to come around there and personally
    shake your hand. You are what I would call
    Having said that, as soon as I get
    around there and get a chance to shake your
    hands, you’ll be dismissed.
    (Judge Swearengen left the bench
    to shake the jurors hands.)
    THE COURT: Those of you who
    would like to retain your notes, you may do
    so if you want to.
    I guess that’s about it. So
    consider yourselves dismissed and we thank
    you again.
    Ladies and gentlemen, Court is
    (The proceedings were concluded
    at 3:10 p.m. on December 8th, 1999.)

    (901) 529-1999
    SHERYL WEATHERFORD, Reporters and Notaries
    Public, Shelby County, Tennessee, CERTIFY:
    1. The foregoing proceedings were
    taken before us at the time and place stated
    in the foregoing styled cause with the
    appearances as noted;
    2. Being Court Reporters, we then
    reported the proceedings in Stenotype to the
    best of our skill and ability, and the
    foregoing pages contain a full, true and
    correct transcript of our said Stenotype
    notes then and there taken;
    3. We am not in the employ of and
    are not related to any of the parties or
    their counsel, and we have no interest in the
    matter involved.
    ____ day of ___________, 2000.
    Certificate of Merit
    Holder; Registered
    Professional Reporter,
    Notary Public for
    the State of Tennessee at
    Large ***
    (901) 529-1999
    Professional Reporter,
    Notary Public for
    the State of Tennessee at
    Large ***

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