By Robert Willmann
For the record. On 22 November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered on a public street in broad open daylight in Dallas, Texas by a sophisticated operation. An equally sophisticated coverup and whitewashing of the crime took place, in part in the form of a group called the Warren Commission, appointed seven days later on 29 November by the newly minted president Lyndon Johnson, who had been vice president. At that time and in that circumstance, the murder of the president was not a federal crime. It was a Texas murder case which required an autopsy that was to be performed in Dallas.
In 1948, Congress passed a law which became Title 18, U.S. Code, sections 1111 and 1114 — the federal murder statute, and one for the protection of officers and employees of the United States . However, the murder provision, section 1111, was limited to locations “within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States”. A city street in Dallas was not in the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. The section 1114, to protect officers and employees, was limited to specifically named positions and jobs, and did not include the president. It was not expanded and amended in a more general way until 1996 to say: “Whoever kills or attempts to kill any officer or employee of the United States or of any agency in any branch of the United States Government (including any member of the uniformed services)….” 
After President Kennedy was assassinated, Congress passed a law in 1965 creating a criminal offense specifically covering the president and vice president .
When the gunfire stopped in Dealey Plaza, by downtown Dallas, the presidential limousine went to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where experienced doctors tried to save Kennedy’s life, but the wounds and damage were too extensive. Then, at the hospital, where the skilled surgeons were, as well as forensic medicine, preparations began for an autopsy, as required by Texas law, the facts, and common sense.
But some other people had other ideas.