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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XIV - Page 488« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mrs. Eva Grant Resumed)

Testimony of Sam Ruby

The testimony of Sam Ruby was taken at 10:55 a.m., on May 29, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Leon D. Hubert, Jr., assistant counsel of the President's Commission. Sam Ruby was accompanied by his attorney, Phil Burleson.
Mr. Hubert.
This is the deposition of Sam Ruby.
Mr. Ruby, my name is Leon D. Hubert. I am a member of the advisory staff of the General Counsel of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. Under the provisions of Executive Order 11130, dated. November 29, 1963, the joint resolution of Congress No. 137, and the rules of procedure adopted by the President's Commission in conformance with the executive order and the joint resolution, I have been authorized to take a sworn deposition from you. I state to you now that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate and report upon the facts relevant to the assassination of President Kennedy 'and the subsequent violent death of Lee Harvey Oswald. In particular, as to you, Mr. Ruby, the nature of the inquiry today is to determine what facts you know about the death of Oswald and of the life of your brother, Jack Ruby, and any other pertinent facts you may know about the general inquiry.
Mr. Ruby, I believe that you appear here today by virtue of a letter addressed to you by Mr. J. Lee Rankin, general counsel of the staff of the President's Commission. Did you receive that letter?
Mr. Ruby.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Do you remember the day that you did receive it.
Mr. Ruby.
I believe it was Tuesday.
Mr. Hubert.
Under the rules of the Commission you are entitled to a 3-day written notice prior to the taking of your deposition, but the rules also provide that you may waive that notice if you wish and testify fight now. Do you wish to do so?
Mr. Ruby.
Yes; I. do--I wish to testify.
Mr. Hubert.
I would like the record to show also that Mr. Phil Burleson, attorney at law, is present and representing Mr. Sam Ruby; is that correct?
Mr. Burleson.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, will you stand and take the oath, please? And raise your right hand.
Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Ruby.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
All right. Will you state your full name, please?
Mr. Ruby.
Samuel David Ruby.
Mr. Hubert.
How old are you, Mr. Ruby?
Mr. Ruby.
Mr. Hubert.
Where do you reside?
Mr. Ruby.
At 11616 Jamestown Road, Dallas, Tex.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your occupation?
Mr. Ruby.
I am a washing machine repairman at washaterias.
Mr. Hubert.
Mr. Ruby, you have heretofore been interviewed by the FBI on four different occasions and I would like you to tell me about those. In order that we may proceed in that way, I wish to identify an interview of you on November 24, 1963, by FBI Agents Sayres [spoiling] S-a-y-r-e-s, and Eckenrede. That interview consists of six pages--on the first page I have marked on the right margin the following: "Dallas, Texas, May 29, 1964, Exhibit No. 1, deposition of Sam Ruby," and I have placed my name beneath that and on the right-hand lower corner of each of the succeeding five pages I have placed my initials for the purpose of identification.
Now, I ask you if you have had occasion to read this document which I have identified as Exhibit No. 1?
Mr. Ruby.
Yes; I have.
Mr. Hubert.
I would like you to express your opinion as to the correctness of that report of the interview?
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