Lawyer: Attica victims saddened by NY ruling


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An attorney for families of victims of the 1971 Attica prison riot says they are saddened by a New York judge’s decision this week against releasing the entire investigative report.

Lawyer Jonathan Gradess says Friday victims’ families from the Forgotten Victims of Attica group have sought full disclosure for decades. He hopes Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will appeal Justice Patrick NeMoyer’s decision to leave grand jury testimony and evidence concealed.

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Schneiderman requested release of the last two volumes of the 1975 Meyer Commission report that examined the nation’s bloodiest prison rebellion and whether there were any investigative cover-ups.

In all, 11 staff members and 32 inmates died — all but four shot by state police and corrections officers retaking the prison.

Schneiderman’s spokesman says they’re reviewing the judge’s decision. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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