Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Symposium to Analyze Evidence in Jfk's Death

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Symposium to Analyze Evidence in Jfk's Death

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Legal, medical, forensic and investigative experts will gather at Duquesne University next week at a three-day symposium to discuss existing evidence and examine new insights and theories into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" will be held Oct. 17 through Oct. 19 in the Power Center Ballroom and other campus locations.

The symposium, hosted by the university's Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, and other events and TV specials marking the anniversary illustrate that even though 50 years have passed since the assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, the controversy endures over whether the murder in Dallas was committed by a lone gunman or was part of a conspiracy.

Cyril H. Wecht, the internationally recognized forensic expert and longtime critic of the Warren Commission's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, noted that polls over the decades have consistently shown a vast majority of Americans believe there was a conspiracy.

In addition to Dr. Wecht, some of the other experts who will be participating in the symposium include:

* Mark Lane, a criminal defense attorney and author of the 1966 work, "Rush to Judgment," a book that helped pioneer the theory there was a conspiracy to kill Kennedy.

* Josiah Thompson, a private investigator and author of the 1967 book, "Six Seconds in Dallas -- A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination," in which he posits that three gunman fired four shots at Kennedy.

* Filmmaker Oliver Stone, director of "JFK" and director/ narrator of the film, "Untold History of the United States."

* David Talbot, author of the 2007 book, "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years," and founder and former editor in chief of Salon.com.

* Robert K. Tanenbaum, an attorney and legal commentator who served as deputy chief counsel to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations.

* Robert N. McClelland, who served as one of Kennedy's attending physicians at Parkland Hospital immediately following the shooting, will appear by teleconference.

For varying fees, the symposium is open to the public and for continuing education credits. …

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