[sixties-l] Fwd: 500+ Attica prisoners file for share of settlement

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Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 19:05:22 CUT

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    >Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 23:40:16 -0500 (CDT)
    >From: Michael Novick <part2001@usa.net>
    >500-plus inmates from Attica uprising seek compensation
    >ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) More than 500 inmates caught in the deadly 1971 Attica
    >uprising have come forward to seek a share of the $8 million in
    >compensation offered by New York state.
    >The legal deadline ran out Friday for claims by inmates who maintain they
    >were tortured, beaten and denied medical treatment in the aftermath of the
    >revolt and the bloody efforts by authorities to put it down.
    >State police launched an all-out assault on the maximum-security Attica
    >Correctional Facility near Buffalo on Sept. 13, 1971, the fifth day of the
    >uprising. In all, 32 inmates and 11 guards died, most of them killed during
    >the raid, and hundreds more were wounded.
    >The U.S. District Court here said 518 claims had been filed by Friday
    >afternoon but more mailed with Friday postmarks were expected to filter in.
    >''My estimate is, when the dust settles, it will be over 550,'' said
    >Elizabeth Fink, the chief lawyer for the former inmates.
    >Of the 1,281 inmates who were in prison yard ''D'' when police stormed the
    >prison, hundreds have since died. By year's end, the judge will divide the
    >money between the claimants most of them former inmates in their 50s or
    >Dozens of former inmates testified in the federal court about their
    >harrowing experiences in the hours after the prison was recaptured. Inmates
    >were forced to run naked through a gantlet of law enforcement officers who
    >hit them with clubs and nightsticks.
    >In agreeing to settle, the state admitted no wrongdoing and agreed to pay
    >the inmates $8 million and their lawyers $4 million in legal fees and
    >costs. The original class-action lawsuit in 1974 sought $100 million in

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