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    JACK RUBY HAS APPOINTED A NEW COUNSEL IN HIS BID TO BEAT THE ELECTRIC CHAIR.?

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    TRANSCRIPT: FOREMAN : "I WAS CONSULTED BY A LAWYER PURPORTING TO SPEAK FOR THE FAMILY THE THURSDAY AFTER THE SHOOTING ON SUNDAY."



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "DID YOU TURN THE CASE DOWN THEN?"



    FOREMAN: "YES, I TURNED IT DOWN. I WAS... DECIDED THERE'S NOTHING BUT PUBLICITY FOR PAYING A WAY. I WOULDN'T WORK FOR THAT."



    QUESTION: "IS THERE MORE NOW?"



    FOREMAN: "WELL, THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. PERSONALLY, THERE ISN'T. MR. RUBY IS IN MORE TROUBLE NOW THAN HE WAS WHEN THEY CONSULTED ME AND THAT IS A CONSIDERATION, TOO. IF HE SHOULD SUCCEED TO GET A NEW TRIAL. I DON'T THINK MR. RUBY WILL EVER BE EXECUTED."



    QUESTION : "YOU HAVE THE GREATEST LAWYER IN THE WORLD NOW. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR BROTHER'S CHANCES ARE NOW?"



    BROTHER : "VERY GOOD."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: JACK RUBY HAS APPOINTED A NEW COUNSEL IN HIS BID TO BEAT THE ELECTRIC CHAIR. THE MAN WHO TAKES OVER FROM MR. MELVIN BELLI TO LEAD RUBY'S APPEAL IS MR. PERCY FOREMAN, A CRIMINAL LAWYER AND PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEFENCE LAWYERS.

    THE DECISION TO TERMINATE MR. BELLI'S SERVICES CAME JUST FOUR DAYS AFTER RUBY WAS CONVICTED IN DALLAS OF MURDERING LEE HARVEY OSWALD, ALLEGED ASSASSIN PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

    RUBY'S FAMILY ENGAGED A NEW LAWYER BECAUSE OF MR. BELLI'S OUTBURST AFTER THE VERDICT AND BECAUSE THEY WERE SATISFIED AT THE WAY HE HANDLED THE DEFENCE. MR. FOREMAN HAS HANDLED MORE THAN 700 CAPITAL OFFENCE CASES AND LOST ONLY ONE DEFENDANT TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR.

    HE WAS INTERVIEWED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN HOUSTON YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WHICH WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY ONE OF RUBY'S THREE BROTHERS AND ALSO A SISTER. HE MENTIONED THAT HE HAD BEEN ORIGINALLY APPROACHED TO LEAD THE DEFENCE, SOON AFTER OSWALD WAS SHOT DOWN ON THE FATEFUL SUNDAY LAST NOVEMBER.

    ONE OF RUBY'S BROTHERS WAS THEN QUESTIONED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA289HK5A91F14PKDGBCF1EC40J
    Media URN:
    VLVA289HK5A91F14PKDGBCF1EC40J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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