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NY to seek release of sealed Attica riot documents

Posted at: 04/23/2013 11:47 AM
By: Associated Press

New York officials say they'll ask a state court to unseal documents containing details about the bloody retaking of Attica state prison after a riot by inmates more than 40 years ago.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he'll seek a court order making public previously secret parts of a 1975 state report that examined New York's efforts to investigate the riot and its aftermath. Thirty-two inmates and 11 civilian employees died after prisoners took over the maximum-security facility in September 1971, most of them when state troopers stormed the prison.

The documents include grand jury testimony ordered sealed in 1975.

Among those seeking release of the records are members of a group of prison employees who survived the riot and relatives of those who died.