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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. II - Page 33« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Mark Lane)

The Chairman.
The Commission proposes to question Mr. Lane on all matters of which he has knowledge concerning the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, and to request of Mr. Lane that he make available to the Commission any documentary material in his possession which can assist the Commission in its work.
In accordance with the rules of this Commission, Mr. Lane has been furnished with a copy of this statement.
Mr. Lane, would please rise and be sworn? Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Lane.
I do.
The Chairman.
Will you be seated, please.
Mr. Rankin, would you proceed with the examination, please?
Mr. Rankin.
Mr. Lane, will you state your name?
Mr. Lane.
My name is Mark Lane.
Mr. Rankin.
Where do you live?
Mr. Lane.
164 West 79th Street, New York City, New York State.
Mr. Rankin.
Are you a practicing lawyer?
Mr. Lane.
Yes; I am.
Mr. Rankin.
Will you state your age, please?
Mr. Lane.
I am 37 years old.
Mr. Rankin.
How long have you been practicing law?
Mr. Lane.
Thirteen years.
Mr. Rankin.
You have qualified in the State of New York?
Mr. Lane.
Mr. Rankin.
Are you qualified in any other jurisdiction?
Mr. Lane.
Just in the Federal court.
Mr. Rankin.
Do you have some information concerning the matters being investigated by the Commission that you would like to present to the Commission?
Mr. Lane.
Yes; I do.
Mr. Rankin.
Will you proceed to do so?
Mr. Lane.
I wonder if I might ask at the outset if I will be able to secure a copy of the transcript of my testimony tomorrow, or is that going to be rushing things?
The Chairman.
You will be able to obtain it. I don't know whether we can promise it to you tomorrow morning or not. But we will do it just as quickly as it can be transcribed by the reporter.
Mr. Lane.
Thank you, sir.
At the outset, I would like to request that this portion of the hearing, in any event, be opened to the public. I think that there are matters here of grave concern to all the people of our country, and that it would, therefore, be fruitful and constructive for the sessions to be conducted in a public fashion, open to the public and to the press.
Accordingly, I request that this session at least involving my testimony be so opened to the public.
The Chairman.
You would have a right, as any witness would have, to request that, Mr. Lane. We will conduct this in an open hearing. We will adjourn at this time to the auditorium downstairs, and we will conduct the hearing there. It will be open to the public. I saw a good many members of the press around, so it will really be a public affair.
(Whereupon, at 2:45 p.m., the Commission recessed and then reconvened in the auditorium in open session.)

Testimony of Mark Resumed In Open Session Lane

The Chairman.
The Commission will be in order.
The Commission convened in our committee room on the fourth floor.
A reporter has been appointed.
Mr. Lane.
has been sworn.
Mr. Lane has stated that he would like to give his testimony at a public hearing.
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