The courtroom drama that never had a chance to occur will now be held live . . .
featuring world-renowned J.F.K. assassination experts.

Fans of history and courtroom drama will be treated to an insightful and entertaining mock trial, in which a Harris County judge, prosecutors, and defense attorneys try the landmark case: State of Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald using 21st century techniques in front of Harris County jurors.

This presentation, sponsored by C.A.P.A. (Citizens Against Public Assassinations), offers a condensed summary of legal issues associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in a quasi-mock trial format intended for educational and informational purposes only. Because of time constraints, evidentiary and procedural rules that would normally occur in an actual trial, and could impact the outcome of the case, have been suspended.

CLE credits: Accredited by the State Bar of Texas for 14.0 MCLE Hours, including 3.0 ethics hours.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: South Texas College of Law Houston
Garrett-Townes Auditorium
1303 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77002

REGISTRATION: Attendees must register by Nov. 10;
after Nov. 10, a late fee of $25 will be charged.
As seating is limited, early registration is encouraged.
Day-of registration permitted on-site, pending space availability, with a late fee of $25.

COST: CLE Students (10 Credits) | $450 (includes lunch)
General Public | $150 (includes lunch)
CAPA members | $100 (includes lunch)
Live Streaming, general public | $75
Live Streaming, CAPA members | $50

PLEASE NOTE: No refunds will be processed after Nov. 3.


Book Signing and Banquet with Alec Baldwin
“Why the JFK Assassination Remains Important”
Thursday, Nov. 16
The Sam Houston Hotel
1117 Prairie Street, Houston, TX 77002

The registration for the mock trial does not include the cost for the dinner.

Cost: $125 includes valet parking
CAPA members $95
Business casual dress; cash bar
Books will be available for purchase and signing by Alec Baldwin
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Book Signing/Reception
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner and presentation by Alec Baldwin

Payment accepted at the door.
Limited seating remaining.

Mock Trial Participants:

The Honorable Jay T. Karahan ’83, presiding judge, Harris County Criminal Court at Law, No. 8; and STCL Houston alumnus

Gus E. Pappas, ’88, partner, Dabney & Pappas; and STCL Houston alumnus
Amanda Webb, ’06, currently a criminal defense attorney in Conroe, Texas at The Webb Firm. Former felony prosecutor in Montgomery County, and current associate judge for the City of Splendora.

Defense Counsel:
Robert K. Tanenbaum, trial attorney, novelist, and former mayor of Beverly Hills, Calif.; former deputy chief counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
Lawrence P. Schnapf, Schnapf LLC; CAPA board member; New York-based environmental attorney; adjunct professor, New York Law School.
Bill Simpich, San Francisco-based civil rights attorney; author of “State Secret: Wiretapping in Mexico City, Double Agents, and the Framing of Lee Oswald.”

Expert Witnesses:

  • Robert N. McClelland, M.D., member of the team of surgeons who worked to save President John F. Kennedy’s life at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963; professor emeritus, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., chair of CAPA; one of the nation’s leading forensic pathologists; former president, American Academy of Forensic Science and American College of Legal Medicine; member, Forensic Pathology Panel of the House Select Committee on Assassination.
  • Gary Aguilar, M.D., member, CAPA board of advisors; one of only a handful of non-government physicians allowed privileged access by the Kennedy family to J.F.K.’s still-restricted medical and autopsy evidence housed at the National Archives; and ophthalmologist.
  • Michael Chesser, M.D., is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice and is a former associate professor of neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Chesser was granted permission by Sen. Paul Kirk, the Kennedy family representative for the Deed of Gift, to view the JFK autopsy cranial x-rays and autopsy photographs.
  • Lucien C. Haag, former Criminalist and Technical Director of the Phoenix Crime Laboratory [1965-1982] with more than 47 years of experience in the field of criminalistics and forensic firearm examinations. President of Forensic Science Services, Inc.
  • David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., leading expert on the medical evidence in the J.F.K. assassination; Palm Desert, Calif.-based radiation oncologist.
  • Larry Rivera is an expert in computer imaging technology and facial recognition and author of “The JFK Horsemen and other Essays,” which covers multiple aspects of the JFK assassination. He often is interviewed by media about his extensive research on the assassination.
  • Clifford Spiegelman, Ph.D., distinguished professor of statistics at Texas A&M University, and author of over 100 scientific publications. Author of the award-winning paper recognized by the American Statistical Association, “Chemical and Forensic Analysis of JFK Assassination Bullet Lots: Is a Second Shooter Possible?”
  • Donald B. Thomas, Ph.D., prolific author, “The Acoustical Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination Revisited” and more than 100 scientific journal articles, book chapters and books.

Ethics Panel:

The ethics panel will discuss obligations of prosecutors to examine new evidence or new science and compare custodial rights in 1963 and now.

  • John T. Orr, former Director of Criminal Enforcement of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division; in April 1995, he submitted to Attorney General Janet Reno a detailed report on the Dealey Plaza evidence, the results of a personal project, which led to the reopening of the JFK investigation for further scientific testing.

Payment accepted at the door.
Limited seating remaining.