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8 December 2014
Fifteenth Anniversary of Verdict in the Martin Luther King Murder Trial
THE  Trial of the 20th Century
Fifteen years ago today the jury reached its verdict in the only trial ever held for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The trial was conducted in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee. It began on November 15 and lasted fourteen days. The Plaintiffs were Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, III, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and Yolanda King. The Defendants were Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Conspirators. This is the most important trial of the 20th century, and yet most people have never heard of it.
    A complete hypertext transcript of the trial is available here. A good place to start reading this document are the Closing Statements in Volume 14. The King Family Press Conference held the day after the trial is another starting point. Other than the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV reporter Wendell Stacy and Jim Douglass attended that historic trial from beginning to end. Douglass’ article, “The Martin Luther King Conspiracy Exposed in Memphis,” published in Probe Magazine in Spring 2000, is an excellent introduction. See also Douglass Valentine’s “Who Killed Martin Luther King?” and “Deconstructing Kowalski,” as well as William Pepper’s talk on the release of his book, An Act of State – The Execution of Martin Luther King (Verso, 2003).


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