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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 1964
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Percy Foreman: Criminal defense attorney Percy Foreman responds to criticism of his decision to represent Jack Ruby. Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald while the latter was in police custody for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ruby was convicted on March 14, receiving a death sentence. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals later overturned the conviction, and Ruby died before the start of a new trial. Foreman was one of the best known trial lawyers in the United States. He is perhaps best known for defending James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.  
    Padre Island: Tourists flock to Padre Island
    P. Foreman Takes Upon Ruby Case: Foreman comments on the transportation of his client, Melvin Lane Powers, to Florida for trial. Powers and his aunt, Houston socialite Candace Mossler, were accused of murdering Mossler's husband, Jacques. Jacques was stabbed and bludgeoned to death on June 30, 1964, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Police arrested Powers three days later, with the prosecution later arguing that Powers and Mossler were lovers hoping to acquire the victim's multi-million-dollar fortune. According to the New York Times, the Mossler-Powers trial was so lurid that the judge barred spectators under 21. The pair was acquitted in 1966. Powers went on to become a Houston real estate tycoon. 
    Funeral Auction: Auction at a funeral home
    Waggner [sic] Carr: Waggoner Carr, then Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, receives the 1961 Good Right Arm Award
    Joan Wilkerson: On the set of a photoshoot
    Motel Holdup - Money Hunt: Spectators search for money lost during a car accident
    Connally on Belli: Press conference with Texas Governor John Connally. Connally condemns comments made by Melvin Belli, a prominent defense attorney, following the conviction of Belli's client, Jack Ruby. After the jury announced its guilty verdict, Belli began shouting in the courtroom, calling Dallas "a little bit of Russia" and a "city of shame."  Vowing to quit practicing law if he could not reverse the verdict, Belli went on to exclaim, "This is the greatest railroading kangaroo court of law in history! Now do you believe there is justice and there is an oligarchy in Dallas?"