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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

1972: Jim Garrison Releases Crazy Statement After the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Him.

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

On November 20, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Jim Garrison's petition to overturn the permanent injunction against trying Clay Shaw for perjury.

New Orleans Times-Picayune, November 21, 1972

Jim Garrison then issued this press release:

Is this the product of a sane man? The assassination was a "professionally executed guerilla ambush," with four gunmen - two in front, and two in back. Oswald was "planted" in the Texas School Book Depository. Jack Ruby was a "professional operative for government intelligence." Even the control of night clubs, near military bases, was "standard operating procedure for the domestic espionage operation."

There was very little coverage of Garrison's press release but both the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the New Orleans States-Item ran editorials in support of Clay Shaw:

New Orleans States-Item, November 22, 1972

New Orleans Times-Picayune, November 21, 1972

Tomorrow: Jim Garrison identifies one of the gunmen.


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