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Inside details of assassination plot from former LBJ attorney.
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Barr McClellan represented President Lyndon Johnson and his interests from 1966 through 1971. He served primarily through Texas power attorney Edward Clark and Johnson business attorney Don Thomas, advising a political strategy, campaign contributions, attorney-client privilege issues, television matters, and labor disputes. He was also person attorney for Clark in seeking an assassination bonus from Big Oil interests in Dallas, an effort that resulted in two major lawsuits. A practicing attorney representing several of the major energy companies in Texas in many key cases, McClellan also obtained a Supreme Court Ruling to protect parklands from freeways. Other notable cases included litigation for exploding Ford Pintos, tobacco -caused expenses on the health care system, licensing and regulation of cell phones, union-management disputes, and several business tort cases. An honors graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, he received bachelor and law degrees there. Now residing in Gulfport, Mississippi with his wife Cecile, he has five sons and a daughter. Previous homes have been in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. During his childhood, Barr lived in Maracaibo, Venezuela and is conversant in Spanish. A one-time TV narrator, he is now completing two additional books on his experiences while serving Johnson. He is also active in investments and serves as a business consultant to several companies in the Gulf Coast area.From Publishers Weekly:
McClellan's overwrought conspiracy theory claims that Lyndon Johnson-motivated by power lust, fear of being dropped from the Kennedy ticket, and the need to cover up various scandals-masterminded Kennedy's assassination with the help of his evil "superlawyer" Ed Clark. But his evidence is meager and murky, even by the standards of Kennedy conspiracy scholarship. The main exhibit is a smudged partial fingerprint from Oswald's sniper's nest that may or may not belong to a Johnson associate, depending on which fingerprint expert you ask. Otherwise McClellan relies on what he heard during his years at Clark's law firm-e.g., a partner told him that Clark arranged the assassination-and the description of scenes in which a "a fixed stare," vague, unspoken understandings, and "code words" proved that Johnson and Clark were conspiring. Sample accusations include: "I knew Clark was admitting to the payoff for the assassination even though he never said he received a payoff for assassinating Kennedy...." The book offers many detailed accounts of conspiratorial meetings that turn out to be not fact but "faction" or "journalistic novelization"-that is, conjecture designed to distract readers from the lack of evidence. McClellan styles the assassination as the defeat of Camelot by Texas's sleazy nexus of dirty politicians, slick lawyers and oil money; the unmasking of Johnson, the personification of such back-room power politics, therefore promises a public "emotional purging" leading to the renewal of democracy. His confusingly structured, evasively argued, often nonsensical theories attest to the crime's continuing potency as a symbol of America's mythic heart of darkness. Photos.
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