District Attorney Jim Garrison
“On March 1, 1967, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison arrested and charged New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw with conspiring to assassinate President Kennedy, with the help of Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, and others. On January 29, 1969, Shaw was brought to trial in Orleans Parish Criminal Court on these charges. On March 1, 1969, a jury took less than an hour to find Shaw not guilty. To date, it is the only trial to be brought for the assassination of President Kennedy. Key persons and witnesses: Jim Garrison, District Attorney of New Orleans, who believed, at various points, that the John F. Kennedy assassination had been the work of Central Intelligence Agency personnel, anti-Castro Cuban exiles, ‘a homosexual thrill killing,’ and ultra right-wing activists. ‘My staff and I solved the case weeks ago,’ Garrison announced in February 1967. ‘I wouldn’t say this if we didn’t have evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt.’ Clay Shaw, a successful businessman, playwright, pioneer of restoration in New Orleans’ French Quarter, and director of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans. Perry Russo, who, after David Ferrie’s death, informed Garrison’s office that he had known Ferrie in the early 1960s and that Ferrie had spoken about assassinating the President. He became Garrison’s main witness when he claimed to have overheard Ferrie plotting the assassination with a white-haired man named Clem Bertrand, whom he later identified in court as Clay Shaw. David Ferrie, a former Eastern Airlines pilot and associate of Guy Banister. Ferrie drove from New Orleans to Houston on the night of the assassination with two friends, Alvin Beauboeuf and Melvin Coffey. … Three years later, Garrison became suspicious of the Warren Commission version of the assassination after a chance conversation with Louisiana Senator Russell Long. … The origins of Garrison’s case can be traced to an argument between New Orleans residents Guy Banister and Jack Martin. On November 22, 1963, the day that President John F Kennedy was assassinated, Banister pistol whipped Martin after a heated exchange. …”
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