James Earl Ray Guilty Plea with Notes by Gary Revel


James Earl Ray Case – He Did Not Plead Guilty As Charged


Here is the first 18 pages of the court transcript of the guilty plea whereby James Earl Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.  If you study it closely you will find that in the case against James Earl Ray, he did not plead guilty as charged.  I make a few notes to provide clarity.

The Court Transcript

Guilty Plea of James Earl Ray

Monday, March 10, 1969

Page 1 of James Earl Ray Guilty Plea - March 10, 1969

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Page 4

Page 5 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
First Indication of James Earl Ray’s Confusion


Page 6 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
District Attorney – Prosecutor – Phil M. Canale Jr. Introduces Himself
Page 7 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Prosecutor Canale Tells Jury James Earl Ray is Changing His Plea From Not Guilty to Guilty

James told me he thought that in a fair trial he would not have been convicted.

Page 8 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea

Page 9 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Canale Admits Rumors That Ray Was a Dupe or Fall Guy in a Conspiracy

Page 10 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Attorney Percy Foreman Begins His Statement to the Jury
Page 11 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Percy Foreman Sounds Like a Witness Against His Own Client
Page 12 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Percy Foreman Explains the Constitution Requires a Public Trial in Capital Cases.

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Page 13 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Foreman Brags: He, Canale and Judge Battle Are Saving James Ear Ray From a Death Penalty
Page 14 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Foreman Begins Polling the Jury
Page 15 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Foreman Continues Polling the Jury
Page 16 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Foreman Finishes Polling Jury and James Earl Ray (surprising Foreman) Stands and Speaks to Judge Battle
Page 17 of the James Earl Ray Guilty Plea
Judge Battle Appears Confused and Asks, ‘Mr. Who?’ Ray Replies, ‘Mr. J. Edgar Hoover.’ – More Below


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Page 18 of James Earl Ray Guilty Plea

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