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The Jack Ruby Trial: 40 Years Later
March 14, 2004 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This program examines one of the most fascinating trials in American history. Former ABC reporter and anchor Murphy Martin covered the events following President Kennedy’s assassination and Jack Ruby’s trial and was able to persuade Judge Joe B. Brown to allow a single camera in the courtroom when the verdict was read. (This may have been the first time a verdict had ever been broadcast live in the United States.) Martin is also the author of the new book, “Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades That Reshaped America.”
The Jack Ruby Trial: 40 Years Later includes video clips from The Sixth Floor Museum’s collection. Some of the clips included are Ruby shooting Oswald, scenes from the courthouse during Ruby’s trial, and the reading of the verdict. The program will conclude with clips about the reversal of the verdict, the changes in the Ruby defense team, and Jack Ruby’s death. This is a rare opportunity to see and discuss history with the people who were there.
Participating as panelists are Hugh Aynesworth, George Bramblett, Jr., Judge Joe B. Brown, Jr., Helen Holmes and J. Waymon Rose.