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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

Clay Shaw's Attorneys To-Do List

Here is a letter from Edward Wegmann to Irvin Dymond with a to-do list. They had a huge task list -- in addition to checking out a variety of New Orleans witnesses, they were also forced to investigate leads related to the Warren Report and the JFK assassination that really had nothing to do with Clay Shaw.

There was no discovery in the Louisiana courts, and so Shaw's attorneys had to investigate any possible lead discovered through their sources and through the newspapers.

Irvin Dymond told James Kirkwood that "our time was consumed, primarily, with running down and investigating leads which were based upon information that we had received about the DAs office having interviewed certain people. We had to track that down, find out what they had told the DAs office, we had to do what we could to neutralize whatever false statements had been made, and that became a horribly expensive process. We had investigators working day and night on this case."

Wegmann and Dymond reduced their legal fees, but the detectives had to be paid in hard earned dollars:

Kirkwood: Then all the investigatory work Clay had to pay for, naturally, didn't he?

Dymond: Oh sure. That's were all his money went.

Kirkwood: That's brutally expensive, isn't it?

Dymond: Brutally.

The whereabouts of Jack Ruby had to be determined because of Clyde Johnson, an insane man who ran a fraudulent campaign for the Governor of Louisiana, and told Garrison that Shaw had given money to Ruby in Baton Rouge in September of 1963. Click here for more information on Clyde Johnson.

The Shaw defense team spent more than $50,000 on investigators (Carpenter, Man of a Million Fragments, page 326), which is just over $400,000 in 2021 dollars.

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