In 1999, William F. Pepper, an attorney and personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of assassination. The 1999 trial, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King.
- Regular police protection for Dr. King was removed from protecting Dr. King an hour before the assassination.
- Dr. King’s room was changed from a secure 1st-floor room to an exposed balcony room.
- Police deserted investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.
- The rifle delivered was not matched to the bullet that killed Dr. King.
- Police special body guards were advised they “weren’t needed” on the day of the assassination.
Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis, December 1999
Mrs. Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict and said in a press statement:
“There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself.”
According to the Pepper, this civil trial in Memphis lasted 30 days and involved over 70 witnesses.
Under US Civil Law, covert US government agencies were found guilty for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. He was killed because the government wanted to continue its illegal secret and underground military operations to control foreign governments and their resources.
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