Mark Lane, American lawyer, Died at 89

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Mark Lane was born on February 24, 1927, and died on May 10, 2016.

He was an American attorney and former New York state legislator, civil rights activist, and Vietnam war-crimes investigator.

Lane became notable as a leading researcher, author, and conspiracy theorist on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.

Sine 1966 he has been a 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.

He was the author of the book Arcadia in which he details the effort to prove that James Richardson, a black migrant worker in Florida, who had been wrongly accused of killing his seven children by unlawful actions on the part of the authorities involved.

James Richardson was on death row for the crime, but after the book was published he received a new trial in which he was found not guilty.

However, James was released from prison after 21 years, and Richardson’s babysitter later confessed to the murders.

Mark Lane represented the political advocacy group Liberty Lobby as an attorney when the group was sued over an article in The Spotlight newspaper implicating E. Howard Hunt in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In court Hunt sued for defamation and won a substantial settlement.

Mark Lane successfully got this judgment reversed on appeal.

He wrote a book called Lane’s book Plausible Denial.

In that book, Mark claimed that he convinced the jury that Hunt was involved in the JFK assassination, but mainstream news accounts asserted that some jurors decided the case on the issue of whether The Spotlight had acted with “actual malice”.

Mark represented Willis Carto after Carto lost control of the Institute for Historical Review in 1993.

He now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lane still practices law and lectures on many subjects, especially the importance of the United States Constitution (mainly the Bill Of Rights and the First Amendment) and civil rights.

Mark Lane passed away at 89 yrs old.

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