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Martin Luther King assassinated by US government: MLK civil trial decision

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Martin Luther King’s family and his attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King family’s attempts for a criminal trial were denied, as suspect James Ray’s recant of what he claimed was a false confession was denied.

For comparison, please consider the concentrated media coverage of O.J. Simpson’s trials.

The overwhelming evidence of government complicity introduced and agreed as comprehensively valid by the jury includes the 111th Military Intelligence Group were sent to Dr. King’s location, and that the usual police protection was pulled away just before the assassination. Military Intelligence set-up photographers on a roof of a fire station with a clear view to Dr. King’s balcony. 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day. Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper team. Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.

The King Center, managed by his family, provide the outline and partial transcript to the trial here. Closing statements are here. A transcript of a talk given by Mr. Pepper explaining the trial and his book with detailed documentation, An Act of State, is here (2-page summary here). I also recommend David Ratcliffe’s review of the book, Jim Douglass’ coverage of the trial, reviewing Edward Rynearson's resources, and watching Mr. Pepper’s talk on the subject here.

King’s family and Mr. Pepper allege that Dr. King’s speech calling upon America to end the Vietnam War, Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence, and his plan for a 500,000 camp-in for Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1968 were a threat to dominant and fascist political factions within US government. The evidence for Robert Kennedy’s assassination is also conclusive of government complicity with likely motive to suppress war dissent.

Along with arranging for the assassination, CIA and military disclosure confirm that corporate media collude with political “leadership” to disinform the American public on strategic military, policy, and economic issues. This answers the question why corporate media have not covered the civil trial and verdict for MLK’s assassination.

“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a long-sought sense of closure and peace, which had been denied by official disinformation and cover-ups. Now the findings of his exhaustive investigation and additional revelations from the trial are presented in the pages of this important book. We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King's assassination.” — Coretta Scott King, Dr. King's wife.

Watch the above left 6-minute video for Barrie Zwicker to walk you through the evidence from the trial.

For comprehensive facts that the US government’s wars today are not even close to lawful and all based on lies, read this.

For comprehensive facts that the US economy diverts trillions of taxpayer dollars every year to financial cartels, read this.


  • Profile picture of Fred Burks
    Fred Burks 3 years ago

    Excellent information, Carl. Thanks so much for reporting that.

  • m.cooper 3 years ago

    Hi Carl,
    To define injustice the ancient Romans used the saying “what is allowed to Jupiter, isn’t allowed to any ox”. Even if this saying is reversed ‒ what is allowed to any ox, isn’t allowed to Jupiter ‒ it still define injustice. So, if a nation stubbornly defends its right to be systematically indoctrinated for murder since childhood age, and the right to carry guns, and kills any year about 50.000 of its citizens and sometime some undesired politician, that nation can’t prohibit to its politicians the right to murder they too sometime some guy that’s undesirable for them.
    For those that have some doubts about the indoctrination for murder at national scale, here are a few more details.
    About twenty years ago, a survey made evidence that at the end of high school our children possess a capital of 18,000 hours of murder sequences, viewed in movie theaters or at TV; this was hundred times more than all the scientific documentaries viewed at school! The scripts of 90% of those movies are so terribly illogical (stupid), that beside perversion and violence – stupid by themselves – they propagate ‘pure’ stupidity too.

  • m.cooper 3 years ago

    That’s not the whole lot. Now our children have their PCs: not loaded with homework, but with hack-and-slash video games that train them to destroy and slaughter ‘bad guys’ as much as they can, beyond any risk of retaliation. Moreover, these ‘educative games’ penalize the players just when they didn’t succeed to slaughter enough. Such games develop nothing else but cowardice, early obesity and other pathology of sedentary, in addition to the habit to hack down stealthily: either information (by ‘viruses’ and ‘worms’) or people (by guns and bombs).
    In my opinion these are the real authors (causes) of all the murders from Dallas up to Tucson and these must be put on trial (a national debate).

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    Carl Herman 3 years ago

    Nicely said, m :)

  • Profile picture of LarryL
    LarryL 3 years ago

    I'm continuously amazed that the people never seem to demand the truth or insist that someone be held accountable. I agree with m.cooper that we seem to be numb to violence at the state level.

    Great article Carl!


  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    princess Di was killed by the state because she was going to be supporting and campaigning for the people of Palestine

  • andreya 2 years ago

    i think who ever killed such a wonderful and courageous man should be tourtured for days by his family

  • scserpa 2 years ago

    Even now it seems they are trying to block this. When I clicked on the links in this article for the transcript, I got the following message:

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  • nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan 2 years ago

    JFK RFK MLK Malcolm
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  • D. Douglas 2 years ago
  • Joe Rooney 2 years ago

    Your headline grossly exaggerates the conclusion made by the King v Jowers jury.

    The jury verdict form only asked the jury if any governmental agencies were involved. It did not specify which. Since allegations against state and local, as well as federal agencies were included in the lawsuit, it is impossible to tell which governmental entity(s) the jury thought culpable.

    Second, the US Government was not a party to this lawsuit. It was filed in state court and the federal government was not listed as a defendant. Thus, the US Government did not have the opportunity to cross examine witness nor present any other evidence in its defense.

    Third, both parties to the lawsuit were pointing the finger at the federal government. The defendant is pointing at an empty chair and saying "they did it, not me," while the plaintiff has to present evidence of conspiracy since Jowers couldn't be shown to be the shooter himself.

    Under those circumstances is it surprising that the jury found some governmental entity culpable? I think not. Let's not rewrite the history books just yet.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Turn off the imbedded flash and the popup ads, ASSHATS!

  • VBeck 1 year ago

    While this is beautifully written, I'm sure that the government involvement in the murder of Dr. Marten Luther King is not the direct cause of violent videogame playing. You make a great argument, but fail to see the numbers of people who grew up playing videogames that are normal, healthy, not homicidal people. Lets say I use your logic but replace videogames with the many violent TV shows and movies and even radio shows that have been around since the dawn of these technologies. Many of these shows expose watchers and listeners to the idea of killing people, thus also desensitizing them to those ideas and encouraging them like videogames supposedly do. Heck, we can even go to books. Even the Bible exposes people to the idea of gruesome murders. Should we ban the Bible because many serial murderers, rapists, and thieves have read the Bible prior to their crimes? TV, because of the same reason? Using your logic, there must be a connection.
    I know this is the internet, and so there is no way to prove it, but I grew up playing games such as Mortal Kombat (one of the main videogames responsible for the age ratings on all games), and I certainly have never tried to brutally murder someone with my bare hands. Nor am I obese. In fact, I'm in college for nutrition. I am in a video game club on campus, where we play violent first-person shooters and hack-and-slash games such as Call of Duty and Devil May Cry. I am proud to say none of the dozens of members of my club are murderers.

  • Matthew 1 year ago

    @Joe Rooney
    You do realize that a man was imprisoned for life without proper evidence over this case, and the history books STILL say it was him. I think we need to change the history books to at least acknowledge this possibility.

  • Lucien Harbuck 7 months ago

    Who said that 'stupidity can't be taught'! They underestimate the resourcefulness of American Education! BTW....for all those who have been wondering when the chickens would come home to roust for the American Plutocracy; these next five years should provide them with all the 'schadenfreude' that they could possibly want!


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