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Rush to Judgment

by Mark Lane

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The assassination of President Kennedy during a visit to Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, sent a shock wave through the whole world & provoked a flood of rumors & speculation. This speculation was multiplied beyond control when, only two days later, the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald-who had stoutly denied the charge-was shot dead in front of the television cameras by Jack Ruby. In the #1 Best-seller Rush to Judgment, Mark Lane, who was hired by Oswald's mother to prove her son's innocence, reveals what The Warren Report conceals about the assassination of JFK. Pressing the weakest parts of the Report first, & finding them to be even weaker upon examination, Lane methodically picks the Report apart, questioning what journalists & the public had accepted as the truth. What's left at the end of his thorough analysis of what were considered the "facts" will shock you. "Mark Lane's evidence comprises one of the most remarkable documents I have seen & is an unanswerable indictment of the United States government's attempt to suppress the truth & conceal the circumstances surrounding the death of the president." -Lord Bertrand Russell… (more)

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Although this book may now seem dated, it was one of the first to critique the problems with the Warren Commission report ( )
  krv64 | Sep 1, 2013 |
Mr Lane is an attorney, which- imho- gives his writings a lot of authority..
And, yes, I do think his dissecting the Warren Commision' s finding does have a ring of truth.
But still, after all these years I don't know what is wrong or what is right;
I guess we will never find out what really happened-
but bless Mr. Lane for at least trying! ( )
  shireling | Feb 12, 2011 |
Mark Lane is a defense attorney, and that is an important thing to note as you read through his evidence and assertions in Rush to Judgment. Lane is one of the most prominent critics of the Warren Commission, and his point by point dissections of the Report have earned him praise and savage attacks.

After having read dozens of books on the tragic day in Dallas, I have come to believe that Oswald was a nut, and that he acted alone.

But Lane's criticisms of the Warren Commission actually don't stand on whether Oswald was the lone gunman. Rather, Lane puts forth a huge number of compelling arguments about the strength and veracity of Warren Commission findings. Having read this and other of Lane's books, it seems plain to me that the case against Oswald wasn't proved "beyond a reasonable doubt" in the Commission Report.

As an attorney, Lane can dissect an argument deftly, pointing out what is known and what is conjecture. That to me is the essence of what is great about this book -- that ability to separate the two. At the same time, however, it seems plain that Lane is acting as an attorney making an argument -- just as anxious to prove his point as the Commission. He is a man with an agenda. That's OK, great even. But we as readers need to keep this in mind. ( )
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Rush to Judgment is of course a defense attorney’s brief, and it seeks to make its case as best it can, wherever it can. Those looking for a comprehensive explanation of the mystery of the assassination will not find it, not here. There is no single overall explanation of the unspoken possibilities, nor is one even offered. Lane is attempting to prove that Oswald most certainly could not have committed the crime alone, and that the odds are great he did not commit either murder. Lane’s attempt, therefore, is to disprove the case brought in by the prosecution — it is a small continuing shock to recognize, as Lane fortifies his arguments in the most interesting detail, that the Warren Commission served as an agent of gentlemanly prosecution rather than a commission of inquiry...

Of course, many witnesses were intimidated in mysterious ways. Two reporters who visited Ruby’s apartment just after he killed Oswald were later murdered, one in his Dallas apartment as the victim of a karate attack (where are you, Charlie Chan?). The Commission did not seem to explore this. Another witness, Warren Reynolds, was shot through the head, but recovered. He had seen a man whom he did not identify as Oswald (until many tribulations and eight months later) fleeing the scene of the Tippit murder, pistol in hand. Two months elapsed before Reynolds was questioned. He then told the FBI that he could not identify the fugitive as Oswald — although he had followed the man on foot for one block. Two days after the interview, Reynolds was shot through the head with a rifle and somehow survived.
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The assassination of President Kennedy during a visit to Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, sent a shock wave through the whole world & provoked a flood of rumors & speculation. This speculation was multiplied beyond control when, only two days later, the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald-who had stoutly denied the charge-was shot dead in front of the television cameras by Jack Ruby. In the #1 Best-seller Rush to Judgment, Mark Lane, who was hired by Oswald's mother to prove her son's innocence, reveals what The Warren Report conceals about the assassination of JFK. Pressing the weakest parts of the Report first, & finding them to be even weaker upon examination, Lane methodically picks the Report apart, questioning what journalists & the public had accepted as the truth. What's left at the end of his thorough analysis of what were considered the "facts" will shock you. "Mark Lane's evidence comprises one of the most remarkable documents I have seen & is an unanswerable indictment of the United States government's attempt to suppress the truth & conceal the circumstances surrounding the death of the president." -Lord Bertrand Russell

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twisted evidence to offer a scathing indictment of the Commission's handling of the assassination of President Kennedy. By the author of Plausible Denial. Reprint.
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