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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 187« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Marguerite Oswald Resumed)

Mr. Doyle.
Mr. Mark Lane is present as counsel, as I understand, for Mrs. Oswald. Although I have not talked to Mrs. Oswald about the matter, as I understand it Mr. Lane represented her from time to time, in one capacity or another in the past.
I do not know the particulars. Mrs. Oswald or Mr. Lane could better advise the Commission about the point.
Of course my designation was at the request of Mrs. Oswald to act in her behalf, since there was no counsel of her choice present at the time.
The Chairman.
Mr. Doyle.
In view of the appearance I wonder if it might be straightened out--if Mr. Lane wishes to enter his appearance in the matter.
Of course I would immediately respectfully move for leave to withdraw.
The Chairman.
Mrs. Oswald, what is your wish?
Mrs. Oswald.
Well, Mr. Lane is just here for a few hours, Chief Justice Warren. He flew in just for a few hours. He is catching a 4 o'clock plane out. And I thought--he had asked permission just to sit in for these few hours.
The Chairman.
Either he represents you or he does not.
Mrs. Oswald.
No, sir, he does not represent me.
The Chairman.
Then we will excuse Mr. Lane.
Mr. Lane.
Mr. Chief Justice----
The Chairman.
Mr. Lane, now really either you are here as the attorney for Mrs. Oswald or you are not entitled to be in this room--one of the two.
Mr. Lane.
May I ask, Mr. Chief Justice, if it is permissible for me to function at Mrs. Oswald's request as her counsel together with Mr. Doyle, just for an hour or two, and then be excused.
The Chairman.
Mr. Doyle has said that if you are her attorney he is not. And Mr. Doyle is doing this as a public service. We must respect his views in the matter.
Mr. Lane.
I see. I did explain to Mr. Doyle before I came into the room exactly what the situation was. It was not until now that I understood his response.
Under those circumstances, I wonder if I might confer with Mrs. Oswald for just a minute or two.
The Chairman.
If Mrs. Oswald wants to, she may.
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes, thank you.
The Chairman.
All right.
You may take another room, if you wish.
(Brief recess.)
The Chairman.
All right.
Mr. Lane.
Under the circumstances, since I do have to leave and I will not be able to be here for the rest of the afternoon's session and for subsequent sessions--under those circumstances, since Mr. Doyle will not remain on jointly with me, I will at this time withdraw.
The Chairman.
Very well. Now, we will continue. Mr. Rankin. you may continue with the hearing.
Mr. Rankin.
Mrs. Oswald, could you tell us first now, while you are fresh, about this conspiracy that you said that you knew about?
Mrs. Oswald.
Yes--If you would like me to do it now. I was going to lead up to all the fundamentals, to my way of thinking. I have no proof, because naturally if I did I don't think we would be here.
But I feel like there is a lot of speculation about everything.
My way of thinking is because the involvement of myself at Six Flags and the way I was treated, as I have already put into the testimony, and as I stated yesterday, also, that I was supposed to be under protective custody, and I was not.
I wonder why I didn't have protective custody, why I am not important enough, with papers out of the vault, and appearing before the hearing, that Mr. Sorrels, head of the Secret Service, didn't give me protective custody, even though you, yourself, Mr. Rankin, required it.
These are the things I have to face that to me are very unusual.
Mr. Rankin.
Well, it is such a serious charge to say that these two Secret Service men and your son and-I didn't understand for sure whether you included
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