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RFK Assassination Legal Case Update

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/04/05/rfk-assassination-legal-cas...

Recent legal filings on behalf of Sirhan Sirhan, jailed 45 years ago in the death of Robert F. Kennedy, reveal new evidence suggestive of a larger conspiracy. The filings also enumerate examples of obstructive tactics by a government representative—contortions reminiscent of the Warren Commission’s incredible, acrobatic magic bullet that was essential in creating consensus for a lone wolf assassin in the death of RFK’s elder brother, John. (If you’d like to read those filings, we’ve posted them here and here.)

Another “Patsy”?

Sirhan, the man almost everyone believes killed Robert F. Kennedy (and did so alone), is seeking a new trial. Sirhan’s current attorney, William Pepper, who also served as James Earl Ray’s final lawyer and believed that Ray had been set up, is seeking to convince the US District Court for the Central District of California not to accept a report from a magistrate judge, Andrew J. Wistrich, advising that the new trial request be dismissed. It’s up to the district court to decide whether to proceed.

Although Sirhan pled guilty at his original trial in 1969, Pepper contends that Sirhan was betrayed by a lead member of his original legal team, Grant Cooper, who Pepper notes was himself under federal indictment at the time for illegally possessing grand jury proceedings in another famous case, involving card cheating at the Beverly Hills Friar’s Club. Cooper, who faced possible jail time for that, ended up being let off with a $1000 fine. Intriguingly, his client in the Friar’s affair, John Roselli, was an organized crime figure with CIA ties often named as a possible conspirator in the death of President John F. Kennedy.

The defense had Sirhan admit guilt and sought to portray him as both mentally deficient and acting on impulse. Pepper notes that the attorney’s personal vulnerability was known to the judge and prosecution, and that they nevertheless said nothing while Sirhan’s real interests were not represented, and exculpatory evidence was suppressed. Although Sirhan confessed to shooting at Robert Kennedy, he later said that he could remember nothing at all of that tragic day.

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James Ellroy's Underworld USA Trilogy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underworld_USA_Trilogy

is a "fictionalized" history of the time period 1958-1973.

I put fictionalized in quotes because overall, it conveys
an underground account of what really likely happened
in that time period. Ellroy, I think, has the history down
but opted to fictionalize it enough to save on lawsuits, have
the books reach a wider audience and to enhance his prospects
of continuing to breathe.

The second book of the series "The Cold Six Thousand" goes
into the Robert Kennedy and MLK assassinations showing
convincingly the process of setting up Sirhan and James
Earl Ray as patsies.

I saw Robert Kennedy speak in Oregon just a couple weeks
before he died and he did what (I didn't know until recently)
was usual for him - when he finished speaking, he just waded
out into the crowd greeting and shaking hands - on that occasion
the crowd was only a couple hundred people in a grocery store
parking lot.

The night he was killed though, having just won the California
primary, he was told by his security people that he *shouldn't*
do that due to a security threat - and was escorted directly to his
waiting "lone wacko" assassin...