A FAREWELL TO JUSTICE

JIM GARRISON, JFK’S ASSASSINATION, AND THE CASE THAT SHOULD HAVE CHANGED HISTORY.

BY JOAN MELLEN

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I guess part of me still thought I was living in the country I was born in.-Jim Garrison IN MARCH OF 1965, with Governor John McKeithen barred by law from succeeding himself, Orleans Parish district attorney Jim Garrison decided to run for governor of Louisiana. On a rainy morning, he flew to Shreveport with his favorite assistant John Volz, two very tall, black-haired, handsome, politically ambitious men. While Garrison addressed a convention of dentists, Volz was to distribute a press release to the local radio stations. Ever late, Garrison rushed to board the return flight, his raincoat flapping over his arm, a copy of Esquire magazine in his hand.

Read this! Garrison told Volz, pointing to an article by Dwight Macdonald, reviewing the Report of the President's Commission Investigating the Assassination of John F Kennedy. The Warren Report, Macdonald wrote, was a work of fantasy and literary imagination, an American anti-Iliad; it bore no resemblance to a murder investigation. Perceiving that the Warren Commission's task was one of exorcism, not a search for truth, Macdonald wondered how FBI and CIA involvement in the assassination, which seemed obvious to any disinterested observer, came in motive wise. Officials of a feather stick together, Macdonald concluded, regretting that neither Sherlock Holmes nor Earl Stanley Gardner had been on the scene. On the orders of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Lyndon Johnson, a Justice Department lawyer close to the CIA, Herbert J. Miller Jr., had rushed to Texas to forbid the Dallas police from doing any investigating on its own...

At the end of March, Jim Garrison found himself in Washington, D.C., in the company of Louisiana congressman Hale Boggs, who had been a member of the Warren Commission. Garrison expressed his doubts. Boggs then confided to Garrison that during a closed January 22, 1964, session of the Commission, Oswald's FBI number and FBI wages had been examined. I would hope none of these records are circulated to anybody, Boggs had told Earl Warren and the former CIA director fired by John F. Kennedy, Allen Dulles. Then he revealed what had been said to Jim Garrison. From his own experiences as a hunter alone, Boggs believed, one man could not have fired those shots. Boggs told Garrison that no notes, no transcription had been made of the hours of interrogation of Oswald by the Dallas police, which also claimed to have no record of the calls received and made by Oswald while he was in custody...

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