House Select Committee on Assassinations
Investigation of the Assassination of
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Volume 1, pp. 360-364
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MLK EXHIBIT F-23
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FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
IN THE MATTER OF:
JAMES EARL RAY,
PERCY FORMAN, WILLIAM BRADFORD HUIE,
and ARTHUR J. HANES,
A P P E A R A N C E S:
For the Petitioner:
J.B. Stoner, Esquire
Post Office Box 6263
Savannah, Georgia 31405
Richard J. Ryan, Esquire
523 Falls Building
For the Defendants Foreman and Huie:
John J. Hooker, Esquire
Tyree Harris, IV
Nashville Trust Building
For the Defendant Hanes:
Arthur Hanes, Jr., Esquire
617 Frank Nelson Building
P R E S E N T:
Percy Foreman, Esquire
804 South Coast Building
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William Bradford Huie,
MR. STONER: This will be supplemental to Mr. Ray's Deposition taken before and it is to fill in some missing parts to the other Deposition.
MR. HOOKER: But you want to do this under the same caption we had before --
MR. STONER: We don't waive anything.
MR. HOOKER: What we had before, all exceptions were reserved except the form of the question?
MR. STONER: Not this time. We want the right of all parties to make objections to be noted here.
The Supplemental Deposition of MR. JAMES EARL RAY, taken at the Maximum Security Section, State Penitentiary, Nashville, Tennessee, beginning at 11:06 o'clock A.M., November 22, 1969, before Barbara Thomas, Notary Public and Court Reporter, pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
THE REPORTER: Would you raise your right hand --
MR. STONER: First, before you do that, if it
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mixed up. In other words, no information would be furnished to Mr. Huie about what happened on the day of the crime.
THE WITNESS: Everything else.
MR. HOOKER: Everything else but that. Right, I just don't understand.
Q. Have you read the article in Look Magazine that Mr. Huie wrote?
A. Yes, sir, some guards brought those magazines in jail and I read them through.
Q. Did you ever discuss them with Mr. Hanes, Sr. or Mr. Hanes, Jr.?
A. I told Mr. Hanes, Sr. that I had read them. We discussed them lightly.
Q. Did you tell Mr. Hanes -- did you express any opinion to Mr. Hanes as to whether you did or did not like the articles Mr. Huie wrote in Look Magazine?
A. I had some complaints about the articles. The main thing, Mr. Huie, either by accident or design, he had some information I gave him and was in error, which it could -- it hurt in several ways. For one, he made several mistakes on my financial transactions while I was a fugitive, maybe he had where I would get more money in one place and less in another. I mentioned this to. Hanes several times.
Also, I was associated with a man named Raul
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what his description was, 5' 10", a little bit lighter than me, and dark haired men. Of course, Mr. Huie described this man as blond headed, Latin speaking. This thing, if anybody had ever seen me with him it would kind of discourage potential witnesses. It seemed like there was an error there.
Q. Did you, at any time, ever tell Mr. Hanes, Sr. or Mr. Hanes, Jr. that you were happy about the Huie article in Look Magazine or that you liked these articles?
A. No, I never made this statement about being happy about the article. I wrote the article to raise money for defense. That's the only reason.
Q. And who advised you to give Mr. Huie information that you gave him to raise money for defense?
A. Well, like I testified before, Mr. Hanes suggested I sign the contracts.
Q. In addition to the signed agreements between you and Mr. Hanes, were there any oral agreements?
A. Yeah, I just mentioned those, I think.
Q. Any you haven't mentioned? Do you think of any you haven't mentioned and what they were?
A. Involving Mr. Hanes and Mr. Huie and me?
Q. Yes, sir.
A. Not off-hand.
Q. Did Mr. Hanes, at any time, ever tell you
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Q. Did he tell you something about his whiplash neck injury?
A. No. What Mr. Foreman told me, he came to the jail there. He had a briefcase and he had a bunch of pictures. He told me that he had got these pictures for me from Mr. Huie and Mr. Huie got them from the F.B.I. or Mr. Foreman, Percy Foreman, got them from the F.B.I.
Now, these pictures, about 10 x 12 inches long, he described them to me as being taken in Dallas in 1963. He said they were either anti-communist Cubans or connected with anti-communist Cubans someway. Mr. Foreman asked me if the F.B.I. would arrest these people, one of these persons and bring them to the Shelby County Jail, if I would identify him as being Raul, this man I was associated with.
Me and Mr. Foreman discussed this about an hour and I told him, no, I was opposed to that. So, when Mr. Foreman got ready to leave he asked me if that was my last word on it and I said, yes. Actually, my reason for denying -- not going along with this is, I know authorities usually like to, especially on perjury, you usually end up in the garbage can where you belong.
Q. The person he asked you to identify in the picture, had you ever seen that person before?
A. None of them was similar; looked something like the person I was associated with.
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Next: James Earl Ray's testimony, continued.