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James H. Lesar is an attorney
licensed in Washington, D.C., several federal appellate courts, and the Supreme
He is also President of the Assassination Archives and
Research Center (AARC), a nonprofit organization which obtains, preserves, and
disseminates information on political assassinations, especially the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
On behalf of the AARC, he testified before three Congressional
committees in support of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records
Collection Act of 1992, which was unanimously passed by Congress and signed
Now in his 43rd year of practice, Lesar has
litigated over 200 FOIA cases in federal district and appellate courts. A number of his cases have set important
precedents, including, recently, Morley v. C.I.A., 508 F.3d 1108
(D.C.Cir.2007), which held that the CIA had to search its operational files on
George Joannides, a former CIA case officer who had been in charge of a Cuban
exile organization when it was in contact with Lee Harvey Oswald before the
assassination of President Kennedy.
Other of his cases set precedents on such issues as the right to take
discovery in FOIA cases, the right to obtain interim awards of attorney fees
for substantially prevailing in a cases where the public interest in disclosure
warranted such an award, and the right to obtain records by submitting a un-notarized
declaration according to the prescribed statutory form rather than being
required to submit a notarized affidavit.
CIA Official Tied to JFK Assassination
In a declaration written to Marie Fonzi, widow of former House Select Committee on Assassinations investrigator, and author of " The Last Investigation," Gaeton Fonzi, former anti-Castro leader Antonio Veciana has confirmed what many have long suspected -- that a previously unidentified person seen accompanying Lee Harvey Oswald only days before the assassination was CIA official David Atlee Phillip.