The Law: Cover-Up on Attica?

The stunning accusation threw salt on newly reopened wounds. Scarcely had a Buffalo jury convicted two inmates of involvement in the fatal beating of Prison Guard William Quinn during the 1971 uprising at Attica (TIME, April 14) than the news broke that a former chief aide to Attica Special Prosecutor Anthony G. Simonetti had charged that there had been a cover-up in the investigation of the revolt. Malcolm H. Bell accused his old boss of deliberately impeding the inquiry into possible criminal acts by law enforcement officers.

Although 62 of the Attica inmates have been indicted by a grand jury, not one...

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