More than 40 years after the New York Times best-selling novel “Rush to Judgment” hit bookshelves and movie theaters, challenging serious flaws in the conclusions of assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a new documentary, Rush to Judgment II will attempt to uncover the conspiracy of powerful men that resulted in the assassination of JFK, and a carefully planned incriminating trail leading to frame the self-described “patsy,” Lee Harvey Oswald.
Stephen S. Jaffe, a former investigator for New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison – the man who led a probe into the assassination, will executive produce the contemporary version, along with documentarian Dylan Howard.
“Most importantly, the film will explain why the president was murdered, as well as how it was done,” Jaffe said in an exclusive interview about the documentary.
Jaffe is the last surviving member of the only legal team to bring formal charges in connection with Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.
“The new Rush to Judgment documentary builds on the historic work of the late attorney Mark Lane, who meticulously examined the witnesses who were deliberately ignored by multiple levels of law enforcement,” Jaffe says. “Lane coined the phrase ‘Magic Bullet’, to summarize the ludicrous assertion that Oswald was an expert marksman, in the strained assembly of ballistic evidence put forth by the Warren Commission.
“The new evidence shatters the government’s conclusions. It shows that there were at least three shooters.”
The update of the documentary also will be the first disclosure of highly classified CIA and FBI documents, released in 2017, and related to the assassination of Kennedy. The release of those documents was forced by a law passed following the impact of Oliver Stone’s international hit film, “JFK”, which was based on DA Jim Garrison’s probe.
Together with Jaffe’s five decades of research, Rush to Judgment II will show how the masterminds behind the plot to kill Kennedy framed Oswald, even faking the cover of LIFE Magazine to show a fake photograph of “Lee Harvey Oswald” with the weapons the magazine said he used to kill Kennedy and J. D. Tippit, an 11-year veteran with the Dallas Police Department.
Rush to Judgment II draws on extensive interviews with more than a half-dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, and comments from recorded phone conversations by President Lyndon Johnson, in addition to former FBI, Secret Service, military intelligence and Congressional personnel, who provided critical first-hand information.
Abraham Bolden, former agent of the Secret Service, Robert K. Tanenbaum, former counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and director Oliver Stone all appear in new interviews.
Jaffe was a former staff investigator for Garrison, and a forensic analyst exclusively assigned to the Kennedy case. He testified about the Kennedy assassination before the Rockefeller Commission in March, 1975, and was a an associate of attorney Lane, who died in 2016. Lane’s book, “Rush to Judgment,” became a number-one best seller in the nation and spent 29 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.