Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Supreme Court:

An Inventory of State Bar vs. Melvin Belli Records at the Texas State Archives, 1964



Overview

Creator: Texas. Supreme Court.
Title: State Bar vs. Melvin Belli records
Dates: 1964
Abstract: 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.) 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.
Quantity: fractional
Language English.

Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged as received.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Ruby, Jack.
Belli, Melvin M., 1907-
Subjects:
Lawyers--Texas--Discipline.
Document Types:
Audio tapes--Texas--Lawyers--1964.
Audiovisual materials--Texas--Lawyers--1964.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Supreme Court, Records, 1840-1980, 6153.41 cubic ft.
Texas, Office of the Attorney General, Kennedy assasination case, 1963-1964, 7.65 cubic ft.
Texas, Court of Criminal Appeals, Case files: #37,900 and #39,613 (Jack Ruby appeals, 1966, 3.47 cubic ft.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), State Bar vs. Melvin Belli records, Texas Supreme Court. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

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.

Processing Information

Laura Saegert, September 1992


Detailed Description of the Records

 

State Bar vs. Melvin Belli records, 1964,
fractional

box
1991/154-12 Tapes, 1964