Rush to Judgment

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Rush to Judgment
Author Mark Lane
Country United Kingdom
Subject Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Publisher The Bodley Head
Publication date
August 1966
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 478 pp
OCLC 4215197
LC Class E842.9 .L3 1966a

Rush to Judgment: A Critique of the Warren Commission's Inquiry into the Murders of President John F. Kennedy, Officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald is a 1966 book by American lawyer Mark Lane. It is about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and takes issue with the conclusions of the Warren Commission, suggesting there was a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy.[1][2] The book's introduction is by Hugh Trevor-Roper, Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford.[3]

Although it was preceded by a few self-published or small press books, Rush to Judgment was the first mass-marketed hardcover book to confront the findings of the Warren Commission.[4]

Associated Press journalist Sid Moody accused Lane of selectively quoting witness to support his conclusions.[5]

The title of the book was taken from Lord Chancellor Thomas Erskine's defense of James Hadfield who had attempted to assassinate King George III in 1800.[3]

According to Alex Raskin of the Los Angeles Times, "Rush to Judgment opened the floodgate for [Kennedy assassination] conspiracy theories".[6]


Rush to Judgment
Directed by Emile de Antonio
Narrated by Mark Lane
Release dates
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
122 minutes
Country United States

In 1967, a documentary film based on Lane's book, Rush to Judgment, about the John F. Kennedy assassination, was directed by Emile de Antonio and hosted by Lane.[7][8] It is a black and white film, 122 minutes long. It has been shown on BBC TV as part of the much longer (300 minutes) film entitled The Death of Kennedy. Included are several video clips showing how Dealey Plaza existed in 1963 and 1966, clips of Lee Harvey Oswald, Dallas Chief of Police Jesse Curry, Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade, Jack Ruby, and his defense attorney Melvin Belli.

Some of the assassination witnesses who present their observations on-camera include Abraham Zapruder, James Tague, Charles Brehm, Mary Moorman, Jean Hill, Lee Bowers, Sam Holland, James Simmons, Richard Dodd, Jessie Price, Orville Nix, Patrick Dean, Napoleon Daniels, Nancy Hamilton, Joseph Johnson, Roy Jones, and Cecil McWatters.

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  1. ^ "Essay: Autopsy on the Warren Commission". Time Magazine. September 16, 1966. 
  2. ^ James N. Giglio (April 1992). "Oliver Stone's JFK in Historical Perspective". American Historical Association. 
  3. ^ a b Cassidy, Claudi (May 23, 1966). "On the Aisle: Preview of Mark Lane's 'Rush to Judgment,' In Inquiry into the Evidence's Other Side". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 5. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hoover, Bob (November 2, 2013). "The Next Page: The JFK assassination conspiracy circus". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Moody, Sid (November 22, 1988). "Was there a conspiracy to kill Kennedy?". The Telegraph 120 (202) (Nashua, New Hampshire). AP. p. 22. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Raksin, Alex (December 29, 1991). "Nonfiction". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles). Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rush to Judgment". IMDb. 
  8. ^ Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer blog, 21 April 2011, From the Film Vaults: Rush to Judgment (includes full film embedded from