Belli, 10/05/66: Prominent defense attorney Melvin Belli comments on the appellate case of his client, Jack Ruby. Ruby had been convicted of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, on March 14, 1964. 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?" On October 5, an appellate court ruled that Belli's original motion for a change of venue should have been granted, overturned Ruby's conviction, and agreed to give him a new trial. The retrial was set to begin in Wichita Falls in February 1967, but Ruby died from pneumonia on January 3, 1967.