Posted February 25, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“From the death of the old the new proceeds, and the life of truth from the death of creeds.”
– John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
Schoolchildren everywhere, when reading their history books about the assassination in 1968 of Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) – who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – they are taught that James Earl Ray was the man who murdered him.
These schoolchildren are being taught a false history.
In 1999, a trial – the first, and only, trial on the MLK assassination – was conducted (MLK family/plaintiff vs. Lloyd Jouwers and co-conspirators/defendants) and the verdict from the jury found that Lloyd Jouwers was 30%, while government agencies were 70%, liable for the death of MLK. Is every American, and every human being, aware of this fact? Has every history book printed since that 1999 trial reflected the absolute truth about the assassination of MLK, and finally corrected the complete falsehood that James Earl Ray was the assassin?
No and no.
Without apology, let it be known that, the cover-up that went on for 31 years before this trial was held has been a contemptible historical series of events in itself. The cover-up of the trial in 1999, which clearly proved innocent James Earl Ray – pointing to the massive misperception of Americans and people around the world about what really happened to MLK – while identifying the real persons and government agencies responsible for Martin Luther King’s death, can only be described as beyond contempt.
The fact that it has been proven that a Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s murder was surely covered up, that such an important figure in the history of the world could be gunned down, the truth suppressed to such an all-encompassing extent, is so overwhelmingly disturbing, that it is impossible to put into words the shocking nature of the situation.
The following video/film captures attorney for the King family, William Pepper, delivering his closing argument to the jury at this historic 1999 trial. This video first appeared on YouTube in 2008, and has received a miserably – pathetically – low 3,623 views. In these days of computer surveillance and related manipulations, it is within the realm of possibility that such statistics may not reflect reality. The video itself represents the effort to correct possibly the greatest historical, intentional misperception ever perpetrated on the human race.
Be that as it may, the one and only trial ever conducted on Martin Luther King’s assassination has been kept out of the awareness of the majority of people, and is truly evidence of a massive injury to representative democracy and justice.
William Pepper’s closing argument has to be printed in every history book, every last word. When courtrooms and juries are the greatest avenues for justice to become realized, and when an absolutely extraordinary example of justice found like the one in 1999 in that courtroom, with its jury, then it is the stuff of history. Exclusion of this trial from the awareness of all people, the trial which solved one of the most profoundly consequential murders in history, is incomprehensible.
Mr. Pepper’s words to that jury, when he tells them in the most direct, face-to-face, and heart-to-heart manner that the world will remember what their verdict was, is the material of legends.
The King family’s attorney makes certain that the men and women in the jury box know that, on the evidence presented, “only you have heard this” and “the people in the United States have not heard this” and “the people of the world have not heard this”.
“What has happened in this case represents the failure of representative democracy. Government agencies caused the death of Martin Luther King and used every means available to cover it up. We are asking you to send a message. A message to all of those in power who manipulate justice – that you cannot get away with this – send that message. You twelve represent the American people.. the people cannot be here.. the media will keep the truth from them forever. The history books must be rewritten.”
The jury delivered the verdict that Lloyd Jouwers and his co-conspirators – the City of Memphis, the State of Tennessee, and the United States Government – were liable for the death of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968.
“The real war will never get in the books.”
– Walt Whitman (1819-1892)