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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jack Ruby convicted for murder of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
JURIST Staff at 12:01 AM ET

On March 14, 1964, nightclub owner Jack Ruby was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, who had presumably assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Ruby was sentenced to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Ruby's conviction in October 1966 and ordered a new trial citing improperly admitted testimony and an improper venue in the original proceeding, but Ruby died before the second trial could be convened. Review a transcript of Jack Ruby's July 1964 testimony before the Warren Commission investigated the assassination of President Kennedy. The Assistant Counsel for the Commission doing some of the questioning reported on the transcript is Arlen Specter, now a US Senator for Pennsylvania.

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