The jury deliberated for more than 9 hours for the programme, screened on both sides of the Atlantic, 25 years after the murder of the civil rights leader. At his trial in 1969, Ray pleaded guilty, though he has since protested his innocence. He is serving 99 years.
Ray said yesterday: 'I am pleased that finally an independent jury has examined the state's case and found me not guilty. I hope this will lead to a declassification of all records held by the Justice Department, national archives and the select committee on assassinations, and that I will eventually be set free.'Reuse content