The Garrison Transcripts contains the most important transcripts
related to the Garrison investigation of the late 1960s. This set
includes the transcript of the 1969 trial of Clay Shaw, as well
as the newly-available transcripts of the grand jury which preceded
This CD-ROM also includes other transcripts and documents relating
to the Garrison investigation and its aftermath, including a 1600-page
deposition of Gordon Novel and transcripts related to Garrison's
attempt to obtain the JFK autopsy photos and X-rays for use at the
Clay Shaw trial
Detailed List of Contents
Transcripts of the trial of Clay Shaw and the Orleans Parish
Grand Jury transcripts:
- Clay Shaw Trial Transcript. An electronic transcript
of the 1969 trial of Clay Shaw, a New Orleans businessman tried
for conspiracy in the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Shaw
was acquitted. New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation
into the assassination became the subject of the popular film
JFK, and remains controversial more than three decades later.
- Grand Jury Transcripts. Transcripts of the Orleans Parish
Grand Jury, once ordered destroyed but secretly kept hidden in
a basement for decades, and finally delivered to the Assassination
Records Review Board in 1995. These transcripts cover interviews
with 40 persons over the period from March of 1967 to January
- Shaw Preliminary Hearing. The transcript of the preliminary
hearing in mid-March of 1967, where a three-judge panel ruled
that there was sufficient evidence against Clay Shaw to proceed
- Shaw vs. Garrison. After the trial's verdict of Not Guilty,
Garrison had indicted Shaw on a charge of perjury. Shaw v. Garrison
was Shaw's successful attempt to have the courts issue a permanent
injunction barring Garrison from prosecuting him further. This
is the transcript of the hearing which produced that injunction.
Additional Transcripts and Documents:
- Autopsy Review and Panel Review. This comprises three
documents: a 1967 review of JFK autopsy photos and X-rays, a letter
from Dr. Boswell requesting further review, and the 1968 "Clark
- Summary of Pleadings Introduced by Jim Garrison On January
31, 1969 in Continuing Effort to Get Photos and X-rays. A
few weeks before the start of the Clay Shaw trial, Judge Charles
Halleck held a hearing on the question of whether the U.S. Government
would be ordered to produce photographs, X-rays, and other material
from the autopsy of President Kennedy.
- Autopsy Photo & X-Ray Hearings. This document is
a transcript of the hearing at which the previous Summary of Pleadings
- Haggerty Order. This 2-page court order, issued by Judge
Edward Haggerty in the Shaw trial, demanded that James Rhoads,
Archivist of the United States, or his designated agent, appear
in Lousiana court with the autopsy photographs and X-rays of the
late President Kennedy. This order was overturned, and the autopsy
materials were never entered into evidence at the trial.
- Chronology and Summary of Attempts to Obtain Photos &
X-Rays. This document lays out the chronology of the struggle
to obtain the JFK autopsy photographs and X-rays for use at the
Clay Shaw trial, as well as other materials including JFK's coat
and shirt, and the alleged assassination rifle.
- Dulles Request for Attendance. Two documents related
to Garrison's attempt to obtain the appearance of former CIA head
Allen Dulles at the trial of Clay Shaw.
- CIA Documents. Over 40 CIA documents related to the agency's
monitoring of Garrison's investigation. These include 9 numbered
memos distributed within the agency, memos of "Garrison meetings"
held at CIA, documents relating to CIA status of Shaw and others,
- Gordon Novel extradition hearing. Self-proclaimed CIA
agent, electronics expert, and alleged participant in the "raid"
of an ammunitions cache in Houma, Novel fled the state of Lousiana
to avoid appearing before the Grand Jury. An Ohio court heard
arguments during an extradition hearing in March of 1968.
- Gordon Novel Deposition. The October issue of Playboy
Magazine featured an interview with DA Jim Garrison. In this article
Garrison alleged that Stephen Plotkin, attorney for Gordon Novel,
had admitted to being paid by the CIA, and further admitted that
his client (Novel) was a CIA agent. Novel sued Garrison and Playboy
for libel; this length deposition (nearly 1600 pages) was taken
as part of the proceedings in that suit.
- Other Novel Documents. Other Novel-related documents
include the cable he sent to CIA chief Richard Helms, answers
to interrogatories posed by defense attorneys in the libel suit,
- Davy vs. CIA Memorandum. This filing is part of a continuing
effort by author William Davy to obtain CIA documents relating
to projects QK/ENCHANT and ZR/CLIFF. A now-declassified CIA memorandum
of March 16, 1967, states that J. Monroe Sullivan, an alibi witness
for Shaw and with a business relationship to him, was cleared
for use in "Project QK/ENCHANT." Others cleared for this project
include E. Howard Hunt. The memo further identifies Shaw's file
number, implying that he also was cleared for this project.
- High-quality scanned images. Documents are stored in
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), which features exact visual
reproduction in combination with text searchability. The Adobe
Acrobat Reader is used for viewing.
- Instant text searching. Full-text search of the entire
collection of reports and documents (over 9000 pages in all).
- Help tutorial, historical overview, and more. Helpful
tutorial pages, a brief history of the Garrison investigation,
information on the AARC and the National Archives, and more.
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