The Law: Attica: Who's to Blame?

the 1971 Attica riot a radical conspiracy, or was it provoked by harsh treatment of prison inmates? Could the toll of 43 dead have been avoided? Countless books, studies and articles have debated the questions. Throughout all the argument, one group remained silent: the Wyoming County grand jury that was poring over the evidence to determine what criminal charges should be brought. Now it is handing down its indictments—37 so far—and last week the first formal accusations were brought against convict leaders who emerged during the revolt.

Richard Clark, chief spokesman for the prisoners, and three other leaders were charged...

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