Sixth Floor Museum declines to comment on Groden allegation

Yesterday, I asked the Sixth Floor Museum to comment on Robert Groden’s lawsuit against the City of Dallas for “malicious prosecution.” This morning I received this reply:

“Museum policy is not to comment on matters pending litigation”


  1. Hans Trayne says:

    Either Robert Groden or the museum is going to have to open their wallet & part with some serious cash unless an agreement can be reached between the two & settled out of Court. This equates to higher prices for visitors to either visit the museum or Robert Groden. As is usually the case in Dealey Plaza, the customer loses.

  2. Brad Milch says:

    Criminal & civil trials don’t always end as expected. The anticipated slam dunk in the 1st OJ Simpson & the Casey Anthony trials never happened. In this case, an appropriate unexpected ending would be along the lines of Robert Groden getting the museum & the people running it get the flea market table (or the street). For those who see this as greed vs. greed it will end with greed still being victorious.

  3. Dave says:

    Reading over all of Groden’s pleadings and exhibits, one can’t help but be reminded that, just as in 1963, this is another example of the City of Dallas’ officials functioning at their very best.

    • John Kirsch says:

      Having lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a number of years, I can attest that Dallas is very jealous of its image. The powers that be see Dallas as a sort of New York City of the southwest. There is some, but not much, truth in that. In other words, the image they are trying to project of the city is mostly hype. In fairness, Dallas is far from alone in this regard. Name a city of any size anywhere that doesn’t try to make itself out to be more than it really is.
      But I would say that Dallas officials are particularly hard-nosed in that regard, as this situation with the Sixth Floor Museum attests. The people who run Dallas, and many of those who simply try to live there, do not take kindly to any effort to remind them of what happened in their city on 11/22/1963.
      As long as you refrain from reminding them of what happened in their city on that date, residents of Dallas, and Texans in general, can be quite cordial. Once, when I was a reporter for a paper near Houston, I spoke by phone with one of the extremely wealthy men who paid for the infamous black-bordered ad that ran in The Dallas Morning News on the day of the president’s visit. He couldn’t have been more pleasant. Our conversation had nothing to do with 11/22. I’m glad of that now because I don’t think I would have enjoyed getting a glimpse, via phone, of the blackness behind the smiling face I imagined at the other end of the line.

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