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Jim Garrison - Clay Shaw

On March 1, 1967, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison arrested businessman Clay Lavergne Shaw on the charge of conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Precisely two years later, Shaw was acquitted. Clay Shaw is the only individual ever prosecuted for conspiracy to assassinate JFK. Here is testimony from the historic Shaw trial, along with other resources.

Clay Shaw Grand Jury Files Saved

02-13-96

New Orleans. A former investigator for Jim Garrison, whose Kennedy assassination probe was fictionalized by Oliver Stone in the movie ``JFK,'' was thrown in jail Tuesday for giving secret records to a federal panel.

A judge also was considering contempt charges against a television reporter who obtained the secret grand jury transcripts from investigator Gary Raymond and aired the names of witnesses who testified decades ago. Shortly after Harry Connick succeeded Garrison as District Attorney in 1974, he ordered Raymond to destroy the records of Garrison's grand jury proceeding.

Instead, Raymond put the files in the trunk of his car, then kept them hidden for 21 years. He wasn't sure
what to do with them -- until Connick told the Assassination Records Review Board last June 28 that the
files had disappeared when Garrison left office.

``Not only is the man lying about these records, but he is trying to pin it on Garrison's people,'' Raymond
said.

Raymond went to WDSU-TV reporter Richard Angelico with the files, and asked him to pass them on to
the review board. ``These documents are an important part of the historical record of the Kennedy
assassination because they were part of the Garrison investigation,'' said Tom Samoluk, spokesman for
the review board.``They involve an important and much-studied chapter of the Kennedy assassination
story.''

But Criminal District Judge Frank Marullo ordered Raymond jailed for six months, the maximum, for
violating a state law regarding the secrecy of grand juries. He was taken into custody and released shortly
after posting a $10,000 bond. He remains free during his appeal.

Marullo said he was inclined to find Angelico in contempt, but would rule on Feb. 22 after studying court cases regarding reporters' rights.

Raymond said he only went to Angelico because the reporter knew who to contact on the review board.
He said he knew nothing of Angelico's plan to report on the transcripts.

``If Mr. Angelico wanted to have some fun with Harry Connick, that was his business,'' Raymond said.
``Connick was embarrassed and he deserved to be.''

Samoluk said the board, which now has the records, wants to release them to the public. But Connick
wants them back on the grounds that state law guards the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. ``We have
not released them,'' Samoluk said. ``We intend to clarify their legal status before we do anything with
them.''

The board was created by Congress in 1992 in an attempt to address any public concern that the
government has not divulged all it knows about the assassination. Its job is to uncover any new records
related to the assassination and review for possible release those records the federal government wants to
keep secret. It can delay release only until 2017, the deadline set by law. So far, hundreds of thousands of
Kennedy assassination records have been logged with the National Archives.

New Orleans Reporter Richard Angelica holding the grand jury documents.


JFK Assassination Records Review Board public meeting in New Orleans.

ConnickNew Orleans District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr. testifies at the New Orleans ARRB meeting. Researcher Joe Backes is in the background.

 District Attorney Harry Connick admitting he ordered the documents to be destroyed.

 movie1.3 MG Quicktime Movie (pictures and film clip provided
by Joe Backes)


File photo of former Attorney General Jim Garrison during the Clay Shaw trial.

 

3bbulrdCIA documents on Clay Shaw:  CIA-Shaw1.GIF        CIA-Shaw2.GIF      CIA-Shaw3.GIF


 

 

 

 

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