Those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it. Yet that truism is never remembered when our functional illiteracy disaster is being discussed by "experts," and so the same errors are repeated, decade after decade, and even century after century. The Case for the Prosecution and the two papers following it were originally published in 1981, 1982, and 1983. They reported on the author's extensive library and oral-reading-accuracy research which turned up the historical causes for functional illiteracy and the proven solution for it, and also why that proven solution has so often been mislabeled as poison. In the intervening decades since these three papers came out, they have never been cited in any of the enormously expensive U.S. Government reading research programs or in any publications by so-called "experts" in the reading instruction "establishment." However, since these papers contain much historical detail which is not repeated in the author's more recent works, they are being re-issued for those non-Governmental and non-"establishment" readers who are interested in learning the real facts.