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'Rush to Judgment' Author/Activist Mark Lane Dies At 89

The author who mounted the first major challenge to the Warren Commission in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday night (5/10) at his home in Charlottesville.

After “Rush to Judgment,” his 1966 bestseller that launched generations of conspiracy theorist, Mark Lane became a talk show fixture, and the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato remembers. “He was everywhere, absolutely everywhere.”

A lawyer, Lane was arrested on a Freedom Ride, won exonerations for Wounded Knee Reservation occupiers, and fought for conscientious objectors to the war in Vietnam. Sue Herndon was his longtime editor and paralegal. “Somebody called him the Zelig of the 20th Century. He hated that. He hated being called Zelig. But it was true.”

Lane also survived the 1978 massacre at Jonestown.