Texas Supreme Court:
An Inventory of State Bar vs. Melvin Belli Records at the Texas State Archives, 1964
These materials consist of two 16 mm movie tapes and one audio (reel-to-reel) tape made of various excitable statements of defense lawyer Melvin Belli during and following the trial of Jack Ruby. (Jack Ruby was convicted of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy and a Dallas policeman.) Mr. Belli was Ruby's attorney and when the death verdict was read in court he began shouting statements about the prejudice and/or bigotry found in the jury and also maligning the trial judge and the opposing counsel. After the trial he made similar public statements that “no justice could be found in Dallas.” Because of his perceived misconduct and unethical behavior the State Bar of Texas brought suit against Mr. Belli to disallow him from practicing law in Texas. These tapes were part of the evidence entered by the State Bar in its suit. See Supreme Court case A-10081. The motion was denied by the court.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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(Identify the item), State Bar vs. Melvin Belli records, Texas Supreme Court. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1991/154
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on May 10, 1991.
Laura Saegert, September 1992
Detailed Description of the Records