Honor the day by hearing these ominous and generally unknown points of evidence and circumstance being entered into the record during the King family’s 1999 civil finding of wrongful death for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The clip presents only an 8 1/2 minute portion of attorney William Pepper’s closing summation of evidence to the jury – given before they delivered a verdict against the defendant, Loyd Jowers. All ten clips are available on YouTube.
Loyd Jowers? Funny I don’t remember any fuss over this on TV at the time. In fact I am ashamed to admit that I have been walking around for over 12 years having no idea how much evidence this Memphis jury heard; evidence that not only pointed to shooters not named James Earl Ray, but also implicated local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel in complicity with shooters not named James Earl Ray.
At least we now see how important it was for a lot of people that James Earl Ray never got a jury trial. It should make us think twice whenever an alleged assassin does not go to trial – whether he is shot dead at the scene or while in custody, or maybe is declared mentally insane and unable to stand trial. In Ray’s case it appears he was just allowed to run – I’m guessing someone gave him tickets to a place where an accident could be arranged for him. Except that on the way to the accident he was snared at a checkpoint that was out of their control – Heathrow Airport – and returned to them. Awkward moment!
After the British government expedited the lone gunman back to the states, normal preparations for his defense where begun. But these preparations were brought to an end quickly by Texas attorney Percy Foreman, who showed up uninvited and convinced Ray to fire his legal team, telling him that he could get him off. Then, on the day before scheduled arraignment with his fancy new attorney, Ray was very suddenly told by him that he must plead guilty or face the electric chair. When Ray discovered that he had not been allowed to say anything on his own behalf during the plea bargain, he recanted his guilty plea, and spent the rest of his life in prison requesting a trial.
At least the King family’s civil trial 30 years later has cleared Ray’s name of all Federal charges except the purchase of a rifle alleged to be the murder weapon (a rifle with a scope that had never been ‘sighted in’ and arguably was never fired in the direction of the Lorraine Motel).
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Posted in Revelation and History, tagged beauty, Eternity, Goodness, Ideals, Incarnation, Jesus, mathematics, philosophy, Prophecy, revelation, theology, theoretical physics, Truth on July 12, 2010|
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“The human capacity to enter into the eternal, in a limited degree, is what characterizes our religious life and our participation in spiritual reality. It is the sin qua non of theological insight and conceptualization. …However, the very necessity for interpenetration of divine and human minds places an unavoidable limitation upon revelation in the classical sense, precisely because of the limited capacity of the human mind to transcend its temporal conditions.” – G. D. Yarnold, The Moving Image, 1966, pp. 201-2
Time and eternity have been my chief objects of philosophical concern recently, a spin-off from recent reading of Kant and Plato on the subjects. On that same line of thinking I watched the Stephen Hawking documentary film “History of Time” last night
But does anybody else think it seemed a very arbitrary thing when Dr. Hawking rejected his early view that time must have a beginning? Too easily, I think, he retreats from the necessity of postulating an origin of time in what is clearly an expanding universe. What will a theoretical physicist not do to prevent the embarrassing impotency of mathematics at singularity? Plato might have told him that mathematical truth is not nullified simply because it cannot generate a universe out of a theoretical singularity. It is eternally true that 2+2=4, for example, even if the poor scientist can only use this truth to unpack motions prevailing after the beginning of time. And there are still greater truths, which also show their independence of time.
“The prophetic figures of the OT provide the most notable instances of the human mind being drawn into an understanding of things divine. … What is vitally important from the point of view of revelation, however, is the bridging of the gap between the eternal and the temporal by the entering into history of One who, while being fully human, comes to the rescue of the limited human capacity for transcending temporality.” – Yarnold, p.202-3
“At three crises of the national and religious life three voices came to guide it. Before Samaria fell in 722BC, Hosea came to gather up the life of the past and preserve what was of eternal remembrance in the thought and deed of Israel. Before the collapse of Judah in 586BC, Jeremiah handed on to a people now without a state the truths by which their souls might still live. Finally, before the Temple disappeared in 70AD, a greater than both conserved for the world through his living church the enduring things which could not die.” – Adam C. Welch, “Jeremiah,” The Abingdon Bible Commentary, 1928, p.677.
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