Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coming to the Utica Observer Dispatch

A letter it took me three times to get printed.

The Conspiracy to Kill Martin Luther King
In 1999 Attorney William Pepper, on behalf of members of the family of Martin Luther King, brought Memphis bar owner Loyd Jowers and co-conspirators to trial in a wrongful death civil suit in the murder of Martin Luther King. Proceedings lasted one month during which Pepper called 70 witnesses who detailed a murder plot that - with Jowers as a go-between - involved the FBI, the CIA, the U.S. military, Memphis police and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis. Alleged motives were King's opposition to the Vietnam War and plans for the encampment of 500,000 of the nation's poor in Washington D.C.
It took jurors one hour to decide in favor of the plaintiffs. The verdict read that Jowers had participated in a conspiracy to harm Martin Luther King, and that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy. The judge apportioned 30% liability to Jowers and 70% to all other co-conspirators.
Pepper chronicled his investigation into King's death and the subsequent civil suit in his book "An Act of State." King's widow, Coretta Scott recommends the book "to everyone who seeks the truth about the assassination of Dr. King."