Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi Writes New Book on JFK

280 Views
The manuscript, which Bugliosi said “could easily fill five volumes,” draws on his experience as the prosecuting attorney in a mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of assassinating JFK.
“Right now,” said Bugliosi, “I’m working around the clock, almost literally, because I’m reliving the JFK trial in my dreams.”



“The idea for the book originally started with a 21-hour ‘trial’ that took place in London in 1986,” Bugliosi stated.

“There were real witnesses, real evidence, and real jurors.”

The object of the trial, which was produced by London Weekend Television, was to reexamine the findings of the 1964 Warren Commission, which supported the plausibility of a “single bullet” theory and concluded that Oswald was not part of a larger conspiracy to assassinate then-President Kennedy.

Fifteen years after the Warren Commission offered its conclusion, the House Select Committee on Assassinations declared that although Oswald most likely did commit the murder, he probably was not operating alone. Subsequent conspiracy theories have attempted to lay blame for the assassination conspiracy on such diverse organizations as the Mafia and the CIA.

In the London studio, a Dallas Federal Courthouse was painstakingly reconstructed. Jurors were imported from Dallas, and witnesses included such key figures as Ruth Paine, Buell Fraser, Charles Brehm, Bill Newman, Harold Norman, Judyth Baker, Ted Callaway, Johnny Brewer, and forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.

Said Bugliosi, “It’s the closest thing to a trial that Lee Harvey Oswald ever had or will have.”

As the prosecuting attorney, Bugliosi was responsible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Oswald killed Kennedy. The defending attorney, Gerry Spence, whom Bugliosi called “one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in the world,” needed to find the reasonable doubt.

“We fought it out,” said Spence.

“It was a powerful experience—as real as a real trial because it was a real trial with real witnesses who had never had a chance to testify before, a real federal judge, a real jury from Texas, and a really fine prosecutor.”

Bugliosi noted that he and Spence both spent five months working on the mock trial.

After such a career milestone, said Spence, “I do think of the case from time to time.

“One makes friends with those he learns to respect. So it was with Vince. We have been great friends every since.”

Although Bugliosi’s expertise and research could have yielded a much longer manuscript, he said the book “will be condensed into a single volume of 1,500 pages.

“There will also be a separate 600-page volume of endnotes.”

Previously, Bugliosi has penned definitive works on the trial of Charles Manson, whom he prosecuted; the O.J. Simpson case; and the Supreme Court’s involvement in the 2000 presidential election.

Bugliosi has been writing the book since the 1986 mock trial; both volumes are tentatively scheduled for release in May 2007.


Featured Testimonials

The articles and the number of the jobs listed on LawCrossing are awesome!
Giancarlo


Facts

LawCrossing Fact #192: We comprise the world’s largest group of career-related companies.


Location
,
Description
Paid Internships - Summer 2017 Program The candidates will work at South Jersey Legal Services. Sho...
Apply now  
Location
Anchorage, AK
Description
Associate General Counsel Duties: Advises bank officers about laws and regulations governing the ba...
Apply now  
Location
Anchorage, AK
Description
Legal Assistant/Receptionist (Anchorage) The candidate will work well with and be respectful toward...
Apply now  
Location
Juneau, AK
Description
Legal Assistant The candidate: Provides legal and administrative support services to the VP/CLO and...
Apply now  
Location
Birmingham, AL
Description
Compliance Officer I The candidate will identifies, assesses, monitors and reports compliance risks...
Apply now  
Location
Birmingham, AL
Description
Fair Lending Compliance Officer I-II The candidate must have: Bachelor’s degree with accounting o...
Apply now  
 

NOW TRENDING ON BCG ATTORNEY SEARCH

MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

Testimonial of the Week

LawCrossing is great at picking up all of the legal listings everywhere across the internet. I could have gone to three different sites to search, but you had them all on your site. That was extremely helpful. LawCrossing is a one stop shop!
  • Eileen Baca-Penner New Mexico
Job of the Day

Attorney - Personal Injury

Chicago, IL

Consumer Law Group, LLC is among Illinois' fastest growing law firms. We are currently seeking an IL licensed attorney ...

Employer: Consumer Law Group, LLC

Job Search Tip

Even when you're out of work get lots of exercise, eat right, maintain social contacts, and pursue hobbies. A balanced life puts you in the right frame of mind to job search successfully.