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News Archive - Jul 2007

House Judiciary Committee Questions Wecht Prosecution

Jul 19, 2007: Rep. John Conyers, head of the House Judiciary Committee, has requested that the Justice Dept. hand over documents and information related to the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. A story in the the Birmingham News prints the full text of Conyers' letter, which also cites the cases of Wisconsin state official Georgia Thompson and Dr. Cyril Wecht. Dr. Wecht is a former coronor of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, until his indictment, and is a longtime critic of the Warren Commission. The letter notes that "It has been alleged that the case of Dr. Wecht, a prominent 75-year old Democrat who was the coroner in Allegheny County, is indicative of other prosecutions in the Western District - since 2001, the U.S. Attorney has never indicted a Republican official, and has only prosecuted officeholders who are Democrats."

New Book: ''Dr. Mary's Monkey'', by Edward Haslam

Jul 12, 2007: Edward Haslam has published a significant update to his 1995 book Mary, Ferrie, and the Monkey Virus. Entitled Dr. Mary's Monkey, the book is the culmination of research into the brutal 1964 murder of Dr. Mary Sherman ,and its connections to David Ferrie, Lee Harvey Oswald, and a possible link to the AIDS virus. Dr. Haslam and publisher TrineDay are holding a press conference on Friday, July 20, at the Whitney Hotel in New Orleans - contact Kris Muillegan at 800-556-2012.

Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94

Jul 12, 2007: Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, died yesterday at the age of 94. See obituaries in the New York Times and Washington Post. According to the Times, she "wrote about 1.7 million words in her years in the White House" and in 1971 published A White House Diary. She built a multi-million dollar radio and television business with help from her politically-connected husband, and as First Lady championed highway beautification. Her husband, President Johnson, died in 1973 shortly after he and Lady Bird had helped establish the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.

Italian Tests of Mannlicher-Carcano Find Rifle Too Slow

Jul 1, 2007: A team supervised by the Italian Army test-fired Mannlicher-Carcano weapons like that allegedly fired by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. They were unable to load and fire three shots in less than 19 seconds, according to an article in the UK Telegraph; other tests designed to duplicate the pristine shape of the "magic bullet" similarly failed. In testing during the era of the Warren Commission, the FBI was able to reload and refire (without aiming) in 2.3 seconds, though was similarly unable to duplicate the feat assigned to one shot by the single bullet theory.

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