In a little-known court case, in December 1999, a jury found that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy, with the United States government directly implicated.
In the ruling, the surviving King Family were awarded $100 million in damages for their loss.
In the wake of the scheduled release of largely censored JFK CIA documents, it is worthwhile to consider such past events when discussing the assassinations of JFK, RFK and Dr. King himself.
At the time of his assassination on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was railed against and slandered by both the US government and the media, much like exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden today.
Martin’s son, Dexter, called the ruling “bittersweet.”
What the jury found that was most striking was that it cast serious and significant doubt upon the establishment’s accepted account that James Earl Ray was indeed the man who murdered MLK.
According to the lawyer for the King Family, William Pepper, Dr. King’s assassination was directly correlated to the minister and activist’s opposition to America’s CIA-led foreign policy as well as a planned “poor people’s march.”
James Earl Ray, for his part, attempted unsuccessfully for the rest of his life to get a retrial, and ultimately died in prison of liver disease in 1998, after confessing to the murder in 1969 (apparently under duress), later recanting his confession.
This trial exposed the possibility of Mr. Ray being a “patsy,” just as Lee Harvey Oswald claimed of himself when he was arrested for the suspected assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.
Quoting from an article written by a staff member at CBS News:
A cover-up following the assassination in Memphis in 1968 involved the FBI, CIA, the media and Army intelligence, as well as many state and city officials, Pepper said. He told the jurors they could rewrite history with a conspiracy verdict.
I conclude with the words of JFK’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy, on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black–considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible–you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization–black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.
Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.
For years, the FBI had wiretapped Dr. King, treating him as a possible terrorist because of his Civil Rights Movement.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times….
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
Robert F. Kennedy on the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King