Staff, counsel to Warren Commission stand by JFK findings

Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:53pm EST
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By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) - Richard Mosk knows they got it right.

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he and others who worked on the Warren Commission, the government's probe of the shooting, say they have become inured to the seemingly endless stream of conspiracy theories.

"It's natural that an event like this would cause skepticism and suspicions, especially in light of what has come out about our government," said Mosk, 74, who was a newly minted lawyer in his mid-20s when he was hired as a researcher for the commission.

Mosk, who is now an associate justice on the California Court of Appeals, said the evidence was nevertheless "overwhelming" that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he mortally wounded the nation's 35th president on November 22, 1963, shooting him in the head and neck as Kennedy rode through Dallas in an open car.

Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald two days later.

The Warren Commission was formed just a week after the assassination to officially examine the murder. The following September, it issued an 888-page report with 26 volumes of supporting material.

A range of theories, popularized in movies and books, has countered the commission's finding that Oswald acted alone, and a Gallup poll published on November 15 found 61 percent of Americans continue to believe others were involved.

Some have argued the CIA played a part. Others suggest organized crime or then-Cuban President Fidel Castro had a hand in the shooting.   Continued...

Cars travel on the road past The Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza at the spot where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Dallas Municipal Archives/University of North Texas/Handout