[sixties-l] Fwd: Attica Settlement

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: 12/03/00

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    >AP National
    >Attica Riot Settlement Checks Issued
    >  AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) -- More than a quarter of a century after the deadly
    >Attica prison riots, $8 million in settlement checks are on their way to
    >hundreds of inmates injured in the uprising.
    >  Federal officials said Friday that checks for between $6,500 and
    >$125,000, depending on the severity of the inmate's injuries, had been
    >mailed to 502 Attica inmates or their surviving relatives.
    >  The 1971 Attica uprising was the country's deadliest prison riot.
    >Thirty-two inmates and 11 prison employees were killed, all
    >but four shot to death when state police retook the prison in western
    >New York after a four-day standoff.
    >In their civil suit, surviving inmates claimed they were brutally beaten
    >by authorities in the hours and days after the retaking.
    >New York state in January agreed to pay the inmates $8 million and their
    >lawyers $4 million in fees, although it denied any wrongdoing. The
    >original 1974 class-action lawsuit sought $100 million in damages.
    >  The settlement plan was devised by U.S. District Judge Michael Telesca
    >and terms were announced in August.
    >  ''The only thing I really hope and I pray for is that everybody learned
    >a lesson and tries to accept responsibility,'' former inmate Frank Smith
    >told the Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester. ''I've said it before and
    >I'll say it again: It's not about the money.''

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