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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XII - Page 415« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Barnard S. Clardy)

Testimony of Patrick Trevore Dean

The testimony of Patrick Trevore Dean was taken at 8 p.m., on March 24, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office. Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Burr W. Griffin, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. Griffin.
Let me state for the record, first of all, introduce myself. As you probably heard I am Burr Griffin. I am a member of the advisory staff of the general counsel's office of the President's Commission to Investigate the Assassination of President Kennedy. Now, this Commission was set up under an Executive order of President Johnson, dated November 29, 1963, called Executive Order No. 11130. Also pursuant to a Joint resolution of Congress. We have adopted a number of rules and so forth which I will explain to you a little bit beforehand, pursuant to all these resolutions, I have been authorized by the General Counsel to take the deposition of Sgt. P. T. Dean, who is right here.
I want to tell you a little bit about the general nature of the inquiry that we are going into here. As the title of the Commission would indicate,
VOICE. I hate to interrupt, but
Mr. Griffin.
Off the record. (Discussion off the record. )
Mr. Griffin.
As I say, I want to tell you a little bit about the scope of this inquiry that we are going to go into. We have been authorized to inquire into and evaluate and report to the President on all the facts relating to the assassination of President Kennedy and all the facts surrounding the death of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Calling you, Sergeant Dean, we are particularly interested in the facts that surround the death of Oswald, although we don't mean to preclude any other information that you may have which may pertain to the whole area in which we are going. There has been a written request made to Chief Curry, by the general counsel of our Commission staff, asking that you appear here some time during this particular week. Now, this is not quite in full keeping with the rules that have been set forth by the Commission. Under the rules of the Commission you are entitled to a 3-day written notice prior to having your deposition taken. This is going to be sworn testimony. The rules also-pro-vide, however, that you may waive this notice. I want to ask you right now, Sergeant Dean, if you are willing to waive the written 3-day notice which you can require us to give you?
Mr. Dean.
Yes. I will waive it.
Mr. Griffin.
Okay. Now, I also want to tell you that you are entitled, under the rules of the Commission to have an attorney present, if you want, and I notice you are not here today with an attorney, and I presume that is your desire, but do you?
Mr. Dean.
I will waive that, also.
Mr. Griffin.
Okay. Now, will you raise your right hand? Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ?
Mr. Dean.
I do.
Mr. Griffin.
Would you state for the record your full name ?
Mr. Dean.
Patrick Trevore Dean.
Mr. Griffin.
Where do you live?
Mr. Dean.
2822 Nicholson, Dallas.
Mr. Griffin.
Dallas, Tex. ?
Mr. Dean.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Griffin.
Where are you employed?
Mr. Dean.
Police department.
Mr. Griffin.
Dallas Police Department?
Mr. Dean.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Griffin.
How long have you been with the Dallas Police Department?
Mr. Dean.
11 years.
Mr. Griffin.
And do you hold any particular .rank in the department?
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