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Jack Ruby trial ends...

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March 14, 1964

THE DETROIT NEWS, Detroit, Michigan, March 14, 1964

* Jack Ruby
* Lee Harvey Oswald
* John F. Kennedy

This 24 page newspaper has a two line banner headline on the front page: "Jury Argues Ruby's Fate; Guilty or Insane? 4 Choices Possible" with subhead: "Death, Freedom or Imprisonment Pondered by 12"

Tells of the end of the case involving Lee Harvey Oswald's murder. He would be convicted of murder and giving the death sentence on this day.

Other news of the day. Some small binding holes along the spine, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Prominent San Francisco defense attorney Melvin Belli agreed to represent Ruby free of charge. Some observers thought that the case could have been disposed of as a "murder without malice" charge (roughly equivalent to manslaughter), with a maximum prison sentence of five years. Instead, Belli attempted to prove that Ruby was legally insane and had a history of mental illness in his family (the latter being true, as his mother had been committed to a mental hospital years before). On March 14, 1964, Ruby was convicted of murder with malice, for which he received a death sentence.

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