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A brush with history

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Two assassinations; one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Dallas, Texas. Little did I know that when first hearing of the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy that I would somehow indirectly bump into different aspects of these cases. I was a youngster when the shots rang out in Dallas and the Lincoln story is pure history, so far removed — at least that’s what I used to think.

On the Supreme Court, I quickly learned that as a collective group we would deal with many varied issues. The cases ranged from direct appeals in death penalty cases; direct appeals from the trial courts dealing with the constitutionality of laws; discretionary review of decisions from the five courts of appeal, as well as emergency considerations regarding issues taking place in the trial courts. However, I never thought the case that had intrigued the nation would in small part be presented for consideration — the case with conspiracy theories, intrigue and debate: the Kennedy assassination.

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