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Mark Lane (February 24, 1927 – May 10, 2016) was an American attorney, New York state legislator, civil rights activist, and Vietnam war-crimes investigator. He is best known as a leading researcher, author, and conspiracy theorist on the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. From his 1966 number-one bestselling critique of the Warren Commission, Rush to Judgment, to Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK, published in 2011, Lane wrote at least four major works on the JFK assassination and no fewer than ten books overall.
Four weeks after the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Lane published an article in the National Guardian dealing in-depth with 15 questions regarding statements by public officials about the murders of J. D. Tippit and John F. Kennedy from the perspective of a defense attorney. The statements were about the witnesses who claimed to have seen Lee Harvey Oswald on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository; the paraffin test which, to Lane, indicated that Oswald had not fired a rifle recently; the conflicting claims about the rifle which at first was, as the police announced, a German Mauser and afterwards a smaller gauge Italian Mannlicher–Carcano; the Parkland Hospital doctors announcing an entrance wound in the throat, and the role of the FBI and the press, who convicted Oswald before his guilt could, or could not, be proven. In June 1964, according to historian Peter Knight, Bertrand Russell, “prompted by the emerging work of the lawyer Mark Lane in the US … rallied support from other noteworthy and left-leaning compatriots to form a Who Killed Kennedy Committee, members of which included Michael Foot MP, the wife of Tony Benn MP, the publisher Victor Gollancz, the writers John Arden and J. B. Priestley, and the Oxford history professor Hugh Trevor-Roper.” Russell published a highly critical article weeks before the Warren Commission Report was published, setting forth “16 Questions on the Assassination” and equating the Oswald case with the Dreyfus affair of late nineteenth-century France in which the state wrongly convicted an innocent man. Russell also criticized the American press for failing to heed any voices critical of the official version.”
In 1975, Lane became the Director of the Citizens Commission of Inquiry (CCI), which challenged the veracity of official accounts of the assassination 
Lane applied to the Warren Commission to represent the interests of Oswald, but the Commission rejected his request. Three months later Walter E. Craig, president of the American Bar Association, was appointed by the Commission to represent the interests of Oswald. Craig himself stated that he was not counsel for Oswald; and official records do not indicate that Craig or his associates named, cross-examined, or interviewed witnesses of their own. Lane continued to search for clues for Oswald’s innocence. He was called to testify before the Commission but was not permitted to cross-examine witnesses. According to R. Andrew Kiel in J. Edgar Hoover: The Father of the Cold War, “After the Warren Commission’s final report was completed in September 1964, Lane interviewed numerous witnesses ignored by the Commission.”
For Lane, Commission chairman Chief Justice Earl Warren had only contempt. According to biographer Ed Cray, Warren “deemed Lane a publicity seeker who ‘played fast and loose’ with the subject.” Warren maintained prior to his death that the Commission had investigated all leads and left no witness unheard.
James Carothers Garrison (born Earling Carothers Garrison; November 20, 1921 – October 21, 1992) was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the Democratic Party, he is best known for his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and prosecution of New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw to that effect in 1969, which ended in Shaw’s acquittal. The author of three books, one became a prime source for Oliver Stone’s film JFK in 1991, in which Garrison was portrayed by actor Kevin Costner, while Garrison himself also made a cameo as Earl Warren.
Robert K. Tanenbaum is an American trial attorney, novelist, and former mayor of Beverly Hills, California.
After his tenure in Manhattan’s D.A.’s office, Robert K. Tanenbaum served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination. Tanenbaum subsequently resigned from the post shortly after being named. In 1988 he appeared in the documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy.