November marks the 53rd anniversary of the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy. Yet, after all this time, it remains one of the major murder mysteries in American history.
Did Oswald act alone or did he conspire with the Mob? The Cubans? The Russians? The CIA? Head to Temple Israel on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 1-3 p.m. for an enactment of a mock trial of Kennedy’s assassination co-organized by SOAR and the Macomb County Bar Association.
Many of the players are members of the local Jewish community:
• Judge Carl Marlinga will present evidence and argue that Oswald acted alone.West
• Bloomfield Trustee Steven Kaplan will present evidence that the murder was a conspiracy.
• Judge James Wittenberg will preside.
• Judge Joe Boedeker and Judge John Chmura will act as key witnesses for their respective sides.
• The audience will act as the grand jury and determine how the prosecution shall proceed.
The producer of the trial is Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) instructor Stephen Steinhardt, an attorney and adjunct professor for Wayne State University’s Law School and for Macomb Community College.
Steinhardt said the incident still resonates today. “Even after 53 years, Kennedy’s death continues to puzzle onlookers,” he said. “Did Oswald act alone? Was there a conspiracy? Our purpose is to present the facts and arguments for both sides.”
Admission to the mock trial is free and open to the public. The doors at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, will open at 12:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 people.
If you miss it, there will be a repeat performance Nov. 22, sponsored by SOAR Macomb, at Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.