From the New York Times:
Jack Kershaw, who represented James Earl Ray as he fought to overturn his conviction in the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., arguing that Ray was an innocent participant in a conspiracy led by a mysterious figure named Raul, died Sept. 7. in Nashville. He was 96.
Attorney/Artist/Sculptor Jack Kershas was one of my oldest and dearest friends. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known. He and I worked together trying to get a trial for James Earl Ray but was blocked by those in the government who conspired to continue the injustice of the wrongful conviction of James Earl Ray for the crime.
Jack was one of the first to seek the declassification of CIA files related to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in the belief that they would prove the innocence of James Earl Ray.