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More Trouble For James Earl Ray

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
October
Year
1974
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Houston Attorney Percy Foreman--the lawyer who represented James Earl Ray during Ray 's 1969 triai-has announced that he will not attend or testify at Ray's upcoming evidenciary hearing. Foreman claims he will be too busy to attend. He is regarded as a key witness in the hearing because Ray has accused Foreman of pressuring him into pleading guilty to Dr. Martin Luther King's murder. Ray pleaded guilty during his one-day trial-but moments later interrupted the - proceedings and began to talk about a conspiracy behind Doctor King's murder. Before Ray could finish his statement, Foreman intervened. Foreman later assured both judgeland jurors that James Ear! Ray, his cliënt, was the lone killer of Doctor King. Ray claims Foreman wanted him convicted so that Foreman could sell an exclusive story about Ray being the "lone assassin" to a book publisher. Despite Foreman's absence in court later this month, Ray's new attorneys will be equipped with six hours of sworn testimony taken from Foreman earlier this year. Ray's new defense team says it will use the evidenciary hearing to prove that Ray's first trial was a "travesty of justice' , and that he was used by pólice officials and even his own attorney as the fall guy in a possible conspiracy. They say that Foreman's statements and the testimony of others should "shock the conscien.ce of the nation." The hearing opens on October 22nd in a Memphis Federal Court. Ray is pected to be on the witness stand for at least one full day.