INVESTIGATIONS: Shrinking Sprague

John Kennedy has been dead for more than 13 years and Martin Luther King Jr. for nearly nine; yet many Americans still wonder if the full truth has been told about their assassinations. Last week the House of Representatives voted 237 to 164 to continue still another investigation of the deaths—but for only two months at this point. The main reason for the restriction is an abrasive and aggressive man named Richard A. Sprague.

A tough ex-district attorney from Philadelphia, Sprague, 51, is the chief counsel and staff director of the Select Committee on Assassinations. During the past few months,...

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