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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VII - Page 332« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of H. Louis Nichols)

Mr. Nichols.
far as I know, none of them have refused because it was too much of an imposition on them.
Mr. Stern.
Your activities with respect to Oswald were unusual, though, and not pursuant to any established arrangement?
Mr. Nichols.
That's right.
Mr. Stern.
Something you did because of the nature of the case, and the questions that had been raised, and your own questions about his treatment?
Mr. Nichols.
That's correct.
Mr. Stern.
Did you, Mr. Nichols, make any notes of your activities on November 23, 1963, either at the time, or did you at any later time have occasion to prepare a written report of your activities?
Mr. Nichols.
I did not make any notes at the time, and I didn't make any notes as such, subsequently, after Mr. Oswald was killed. And why, I don't know. It didn't, occur to me to do so. Later Mr. Leon Jaworski, a Houston, Tex. attorney, called me and said that he was going to go to Miami, Fla., to the meeting of American Trial Lawyers, and had been asked. to make a report of some sort on the Oswald matter and he asked me if I would write him a letter outlining what I had done in connection with interviewing Oswald, and attempting to see whether or not he wanted the Dallas Bar Association to provide counsel. I did, at that time, write a letter to Mr. Jaworski outlining as I recalled at that time exactly what transpired. Later the president of the Houston Bar Association, George Barrow, called me and said he was going to make a little talk in Houston, or write a little article in a publication and would like to know what I had done, and he knew about the letter I had sent to Jaworski, and wanted to know if I would send him a copy of my letter to him, or outline what I had done. I said it would be easier to give him a copy of the letter I had written to Leon, because I have it, so I sent him a copy and those are the only notes I made or statements that I have made in writing regarding this transaction except I did reproduce a copy of the letter to Mr. Jaworski, which I furnished to you.
Mr. Stern.
I show you now a copy of the letter dated February 10, 1964, to Mr. Jaworski. Is that the copy you furnished to me?
Mr. Nichols.
That is the copy I furnished to you, and the copy of the letter which I wrote to Mr. Jaworski on that date.
Mr. Stern.
Would you initial each of the four pages of that photostatic copy, please, which we'll attach to your deposition as Exhibit A.
Thank you, sir. I believe that completes all the questions I have, Mr. Nichols. Thank you very much for coming in today.
Mr. Nichols.
You certainly are welcome.
Mr. Stern.
The court reporter will transcribe the deposition and we can furnish a copy of it to you for your review and signature, or the reporter can send the transcript directly to the Commission without your review, if you care to waive----
Mr. Nichols.
I would like to have a copy of it, if I may do so, and I understand that it will be available at some expense, whatever it costs--I want to furnish it to the bar association for their records.
Mr. Stern.
Fine.

Forrest V. Sorrels
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Testimony of Forrest V. Sorrels

The testimony of Forrest V. Sorrels was taken at 9:45 a.m. on May 7, 1964, at 200 Maryland Avenue NE., Washington, D.C. by Mr. Samuel A. Stern, assistant counsel of the President's Commission. Mr. David W. Belin, assistant counsel for the President's Commission, and Mr. Fred B. Smith, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department were present.
Mr. Stern.
Good morning, Mr. Sorrels.
Mr. Sorrels.
Good morning, sir.
Mr. Stern.
You understand that this is a continuation of your deposition, and that you are still under oath?
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