Dr. Martin Luther King's family and his personal friend and attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King.
The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators,  is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King.
The King family's attempts for a criminal trial were denied, as suspect James Ray's recant of what he claimed was a false confession was denied.
Mr. Ray said that his government-appointed attorney told him to sign a confession in order to receive a trial.
When Mr. Ray discovered that his signature meant no trial, his and the King family’s subsequent requests were denied.
The US government also denied the King family's requests for independent investigation of the assassination.
Therefore, and importantly, the US government has never presented any evidence subject to challenge that substantiates their claim that Mr.