According to a Memphis jury’s verdict on December 8, 1999, in the wrongful death lawsuit of the King family versus Loyd Jowers “and other unknown co-conspirators,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government. Almost 32 years after King’s murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, a court extended the circle of responsibility for the assassination beyond the late scapegoat James Earl Ray to the United States government.
I can hardly believe the fact that, apart from the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV reporter Wendell Stacy and I attended from beginning to end this historic three-and-one-half week trial. Because of journalistic neglect scarcely anyone else in this land of ours even knows what went on in it. After critical testimony was given in the trial’s second week before an almost empty gallery, Barbara Reis, U.S. correspondent for the Lisbon daily Publico who was there several days, turned to me and said, “Everything in the U.S. is the trial of the century. O.J. Simpson’s trial was the trial of the century. Clinton’s trial was the trial of the century. But this is the trial of the century, and who’s here?”
What I experienced in that courtroom ranged from inspiration at the courage of the Kings, their lawyer-investigator William F. Pepper, and the witnesses, to amazement at the government’s carefully interwoven plot to kill Dr. King. The seriousness with which U.S. intelligence agencies planned the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. speaks eloquently of the threat Kingian nonviolence represented to the powers that be in the spring of 1968.
In the complaint filed by the King family, “King versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators,” the only named defendant, Loyd Jowers, was never their primary concern. As soon became evident in court, the real defendants were the anonymous co-conspirators who stood in the shadows behind Jowers, the former owner of a Memphis bar and grill. The Kings and Pepper were in effect charging U.S. intelligence agencies — particularly the FBI and Army intelligence — with organizing, subcontracting, and covering up the assassination. Such a charge guarantees almost insuperable obstacles to its being argued in a court within the United States. Judicially it is an unwelcome beast. ~ Jim Douglass
April 2, 2012
By Elaine Quijano
Trayvon Martin Shooting
- Trayvon Martin’s family asks feds to investigate
- Trayvon Martin: New details, but still no arrest
- Passion over Trayvon Martin killing still strong
- Five weeks later, support for Trayvon Martin still growing
- March for Trayvon Martin held in Sanford
- Complete Coverage »
(CBS News) – The lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s family tells CBS News they’ll file a formal request with the Justice Department Monday, asking whether Florida prosecutors have been negligent by not charging a neighborhood watch volunteer who killed their son.
The Martin family wants to know why the Florida state attorney Norm Wolfinger allegedly overruled the police who wanted to arrest George Zimmerman on the night of the shooting.
Wolfinger stepped down from the case last month. Special prosecutor Angela Corey, Wofinger’s replacement has been re-interviewing witnesses and examining evidence.
The case has sparked questions nationwide about whether race played a role in the killing. Zimmerman insists he shot Martin in self-defense after the teen attacked him inside a gated community in Sanford, Fla..
But Martin’s relatives, including his brother, do not accept that story. “It’s just baffling how people they just take his word for it as if that’s exactly what happened and there’s no question about it,” Jahvaris Fulton told CBS affiliate WFOR.
Trayvon Martin shooting
A newly released emergency dispatch recording offers more details into the shooting. The tape shows a second ambulance called to the scene of the shooting was called off, bringing the severity of Zimmerman’s injuries into question. “You can cancel second rescue. Second patient is not gunshot,” according to the dispatch call.
On “Geraldo at Large” Sunday night, Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton said she’s confident Zimmerman will end up behind bars. “I just truly believe that they’re still investigating but things have leaked out and I believe he’s going to be arrested very soon.”
Protests over the shooting death of Martin moved to Miami Sunday, as thousands called for an arrest in the case. Five weeks after Martin was killed, his mother thanked a crowd in Miami, for demanding justice for her son’s death.
Strangers like Mark Lumsden turned out by the thousands to show support. “I had to make an effort and come out with my friends because this just totally upsets me,” Lumsden said.
Over the weekend, activists marched on the Sanford police department demanding Zimmerman be jailed.
TUT Podcast April 2, 2012 - “For weeks now the American people have been inundated with a steady diet of commentary revoling around the Trayvon Martin killing and all the ‘race’ issues associated with it. Yet, a Muslim woman, mother of 5, was beaten to death in her California home and NOTHING is said about it.
AUDIO - TUT Podcast April 2, 2012