December 28, 1970: James Douthat's statement to the CID re: Leads
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I, James F Douthat, WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH
Q. Mr. KASSAB alleges that many persons contacted the MACDONALD defense with leads, and said they had called the CID with no response. Did many people call the defense with leads? About how many? How many of these persons said they had called the CID and had gotten no response? Do you have any further comment on this?
A. Yes. A great many. I am unable to estimate the number. A number of people indicated that they had turned to the defense attorneys with an offer of information because of the lack of response by the CID. This includes people who got no response or who offered information and when they attempted to supply further information on a given subject were met with a negative response or an actually hostile reception on the part of CID investigators. Without reference to my files I can recall at least eight instances of this coming to light during my interviewing people in the Fort Bragg area. It should be noted that I did not attempt to ascertain the opinion held by individuals who came to the defense attorneys with information of the actions of the CID investigators but learned of the displeasure and dismay of these individuals only when they spontaneously offered their opinion. It should also be noted that I have not made a search of my files to compile a list of these individuals but recalled these individuals soley because the formation was of such a unique character and of such importance that it should have been followed up in detail.
Q. Will you give us the names of these people?
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