NOVEMBER 22, 1963: You Are the Jury by David W. Belin

NOVEMBER 22, 1963: You Are the Jury

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the ten years since the death of John F. Kennedy there have been many assassination theories -- but no new evidence. In this conscientious and detailed study Belin, one of twelve lawyers who served on the Warren Commission, resifts the testimony to sum up and justify the Commission report. A major part of the book is devoted to rebutting the critics -- e.g., Mark Lane (Rush to Judgment) and Edward Jay Epstein (Inquest) -- although Belin recognizes that the Commission was at fault in many areas as, for example, in its deference to Governor Connally's testimony and in its special consideration for the Kennedy family in withholding autopsy x-rays. Also, there were inaccuracies in the reports of the FBI and ineptitude on the part of the Dallas police. But none of these failures, Belin maintains, effectively challenge the Commission's findings nor give credence to the conspiracy theories. Rather it's the very inconsistencies in testimony and the prevalence of happenstance, he concludes, that serve to verify the major judgment of the Warren Commission -- that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin.

Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 1973
Publisher: Quadrangle--The New York Times Book Co.