Citizen Lane: Defending Our Rights in the Courts, the Capitol, and the Streets

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Freedom Rider, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory’s vice-presidential running mate, legal defense at Wounded Knee, survivor of the Jonestown Massacre—Mark Lane has been inspiring social consciousness, influencing history makers, and inciting controversy for more than six decades. In Citizen Lane he tells the story of his remarkable life, demonstrating how a single dedicated individual can fight for the underdog, provoke the establishment, and trigger change. From the streets to the courtroom, he has been ...

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Overview

Freedom Rider, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory’s vice-presidential running mate, legal defense at Wounded Knee, survivor of the Jonestown Massacre—Mark Lane has been inspiring social consciousness, influencing history makers, and inciting controversy for more than six decades. In Citizen Lane he tells the story of his remarkable life, demonstrating how a single dedicated individual can fight for the underdog, provoke the establishment, and trigger change. From the streets to the courtroom, he has been on the front lines in the events that shaped a generation in opposition to government excesses and war. Icons of the American political and social landscape appear throughout his narrative as Lane’s cohorts and companions and as his vicious opponents. Radical leaders embraced him; the FBI and CIA tried to destroy him. No one who dealt with him had a neutral reaction to his forceful, larger-than-life persona. Entertaining and enlightening, this autobiography confirms that one person can make a difference and change the lives of millions by holding to his principles regardless of the consequences.

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Citizen Lane is at once lighthearted, joyous and suspenseful. Not just a great read, Lane’s unique journey is an essential example in a jaded world of how one man can affect great change. . . . Mark Lane’s life, which he has written over the years with deeds, not words, has been an inspiration to me and the reason that I am an activist for the powerless. For all the struggles and suffering, defeats and victories, Citizen Lane is the magnificent American story of hope. If you read one book this year, even this decade, this is the one.”  Martin Sheen, from the foreword

"Although my views about Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy are well known, I am convinced, and have been for a long time, that had Mark Lane, with his skill and knowledge of the case, represented him at trial, Oswald would have been acquitted." —Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed

"Citizen Lane is a major contribution to the cause of equal justice in America. Lane has risked his life for us on more than one occasion, and even more than that, he has applied his incredible skill to cases and struggles all throughout our country. His work is unparalleled because his life has been."  —Dick Gregory

"Mark Lane’s inspirational life is told here in riveting, page-turning fashion.  Lawyer, prolific author, state legislator, civil rights activist, peace advocate, and lifelong crusader for the kind of justice the courts and the constitution should but often fail to provide, Lane draws together in this autobiography his many previous books as well as his long duels with the CIA and lesser centers of power."  —Paul Gaston, professor emeritus of American history, University of Virginia

"Mark Lane has dedicated his life to furthering constitutional principles and admirable ethical standards. With integrity, courage, and righteousness as his shield and passionate rational persuasion as his sword, Mark Lane has confronted evil and demanded justice. Undaunted, he shares with our Founders a commitment to keep our institutions and the marketplace of ideas vibrant, open, democratic, and transparent. Read his fascinating memoir, Citizen Lane.  It is terrific: well documented, dramatic, and brilliantly crafted."  —Robert K. Tanenbaum, director of the Congressional Committee investigating the assassination of President Kennedy

"I regret the attempts to destroy Mr. Lane."  —David Atlee Phillips, Director of the CIA for the Western Hemisphere

“Readers may not recognize the author’s name, but he has been fighting for the rights of underdogs for nearly 60 years … As one would expect of a person of this caliber, Lane’s story focuses on the needs of those he served rather than the extraordinary part he played in so many lives.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Readers may not recognize the author's name, but he has been fighting for the rights of underdogs for nearly 60 years. His autobiography describes his entry into the world of political activism with the modesty often found in those who overachieve. During his days at Brooklyn Law School in the 1940s, Lane (Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK, 2011, etc.) began his fight for the rights of the voiceless. He became the student leader of the National Lawyers Guild, a society formed in answer to the American Bar Association's conservative, occasionally racist policies. After admission to the bar, Lane's life as an activist took off as one pro bono case after another introduced him to all the main players of the period. He dined with W.E.B. Du Bois, invited blacklisted Pete Seeger to play at a fundraiser, fought the House Un-American Activities Committee and led the effort to clean up the draconian policies of the Wassaic State School for Mental Defectives. Lane ran for and was elected to the New York State Assembly in order to open the door for minorities, and the reputation he built introduced him to many of the movers and shakers of the late 20th century: Eleanor Roosevelt, John and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Dick Gregory, William F. Buckley, Jane Fonda, Bertrand Russell, among others. He worked with anyone struggling for a voice, from the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to the Black Panthers. He rode as a Freedom Rider, worked for JFK and then wrote Rush to Judgment (1966) to exonerate Lee Harvey Oswald. As one would expect of a person of this caliber, Lane's story focuses on the needs of those he served rather than the extraordinary part he played in so many lives. The book flows easily from one quest to the next, always delivering unbiased information supported by well-researched facts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613740019
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Laneis a lawyer, a former member of the New York State legislature, an author, and an activist. He is the bestselling author of Rush to Judgment and Plausible Denial.

 Martin Sheen is a distinguished actor, an activist, and the recipient of many awards, including the Laetare Medal, the most prestigious honor for an American Catholic.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Martin Sheen ix

Introduction: My Life xi

Prologue: Our Time 3

1 Brooklyn Days 9

2 Working with the National Lawyers Guild 29

3 Storefront Lawyer 37

4 Wassaic 55

5 Mid-Harlem Community Parish 73

6 East Harlem Politics 89

7 The Campaign in East Harlem 99

8 The Assembly Line 127

9 Freedom Ride 135

10 Rush to Judgment: The Journey Begins 149

11 Chicago, August 1968 177

12 James Joseph Richardson 187

13 The Winter Soldier Investigation 213

14 Mountain Home 229

15 Wounded Knee 251

16 O Canada 277

17 Memphis, America 285

18 Jonestown 299

19 My Day with Bill Buckley: The Trial of the National Review and Buckley v. Carto 315

20 A Supreme Case and Others in the District 331

21 Radio Days 343

Epilogue: My Life Goes On 349

Acknowledgments 351

Notes 353

Index 367

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

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    Excellent analyses...enlightening on many levels. The legal whiz kid from Brooklyn and the actor of faith and conscience.....loved it.

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