Famed Texas trial lawyer Percy Foreman quit Monday (23 March) as Jack Ruby's chief defense counsel -- about 24 hours after he flew into Dallas to start the job.
Famed Texas trial lawyer Percy Foreman quit Monday (23 March) as Jack Ruby's chief defense counsel -- about 24 hours after he flew into Dallas to start the job. Ruby is retaining Phil Burleson of Dallas and Joe H. Tonahill of Jasper, Texas, from his original defense team.
Foremen met with Tonahill in a down town Dallas hotel shortly after his arrival on Sunday (22 March). He then met with law enforcement officials at the Dallas County jail and spent almost three hours with Ruby himself. The next day he quit.
Foreman said he was pulling out of the Ruby case because pressures from the Ruby family "handicapped" his efforts to save the condemned slayer.
The successor to ousted Melvin Belli wrote a friendly, three-page letter to the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. He offered to advise other attorneys in the case without charge, but resigned flatly as chief counsel because "conditions" set by the family prevented "freedom of action."
Foreman objected to power of attorney being retained by Ruby's sister -- Mrs. Eva L. Grant of Dallas -- and to family insistence that he not talk with newsmen about the case.