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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 149« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Donald E. Brooks)

Mr. Jenner.
By the way, Mr. Brooks, you have a right to read over your deposition if you so desire. And you have a right to sign it if you so desire. And you also have a right to waive that if you wish. It is your choice, one way or the other. If you desire to read it and sign it----
Mr. Brooks.
Did you want me to sign it?
Mr. Jenner.
Well, as a matter of fact, it would be more convenient for us to have the reporter certify the accuracy in transcribing and just send it to Washington so we don't have to go to the trouble of calling you in and asking you to read it, but it is your option.
Mr. Brooks.
No; if you don't want me to, I won't.
Mr. Jenner.
I would just as soon be relieved of it, but I don't want to press you on it.
Mr. Brooks.
To the best of my knowledge, that is all I remember. I could have been confused about some issues, but I don't think so.
Mr. Jenner.
AS far as you are concerned, you waive the signing of the deposition?
Mr. Brooks.
Yes.
Mr. Jenner.
If you think of anything hereafter, there will be members of the legal staff here next week, and if they are not, call Barefoot Sanders and he will relay the information to us. Thanks for coming over. We appreciate it.

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Irving Statman

Testimony of Irving Statman

The testimony of Irving Statman was taken at 4:20 p.m., on April 1, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Albert E. Jennet, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission. Robert T. Davis, assistant attorney general of Texas, was present.
Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Statman, would you rise and be sworn, please?
Do you solemnly swear that in the deposition you are about to give, you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Statman.
I do.
Mr. Jenner.
I'm Albert E. Jenner, Jr., of the legal staff of the Warren Commission. The Commission was authorized by Senate Joint Resolution to provide a body to investigate the assassination of our late President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and pursuant to that legislation, the President, Lyndon B. Johnson, appointed the Commission under Executive Order 11130, and we of the staff are enjoined by the Commission and the Commission itself to inquire into all the circumstances, especially that we find pertinent data, regarding Lee Harvey Oswald, to investigate his life and a good many people, you included, either in an official capacity or friends with other people who touched his life in some fashion or other.
Your employment is what?
Mr. Statman.
The assistant district director of the Dallas district of the Texas Employment Commission.
Mr. Jenner.
And just tell us generally what your duties are in that respect?
Mr. Statman.
Well, we have the unemployment compensation of this and the placement office, and research and statistical branch, and an office in Garland and in Grand Prairie. They are separate entities and it is my duty to assist the district director in any functions there are, and to assist in any problems that there are in any of the offices.
Mr. Jenner.
Is there any office of the Commission in Fort Worth?
Mr. Statman.
Yes. We are the Dallas district. Now, also, he was registered in the Fort Worth district too.
Mr. Jenner.
He was?
Mr. Statman.
Yes; but our connection with him was in actually three capacities--number one, as an applicant for a job, and as an applicant for a job, we had him counseled. In other words, if there are any reasons to believe that
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