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Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
January
Year
1976
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The State of New York has, at long last, released the Meyer Report iarges of corrupt ion in the rosecution-released 120 that is, withholding anothgrounds that they containtimony. Not too surprision year, with Governor w 'Si n k& ■Q& Hugh Carey hoping fot a spot on the national ' Democratie ticket (not to mention the anibitions ofhis predecessor, Nelson Rockefeller). Judge Meyer -a Rockefeller conduded ƒ that although tliere certainly were irregularities, any selective prosecution was unintentional. As you recall, tliere were 62 inmates indicted in the September 1971 rebellion, which resulted in the deaths of 34 of their own number and nine guards. One state trooper was finally indicted last October. On the same day the Meyer Report was released, a grand jury ca me back with no bill on seven other troopers, wliose forces spent several days following tlie uprising beating, torturing, and shooting in mates. In the early months of the ensuing investigation, the special State prosecution team shared an office witli the troopers tliey were . supposedly investigating. Evidence has.been lost V and mishandled,and the state has so far come up ' witli two convictions of inmates. Seven of the iginal inüictments reniain. Althougli a Buffalo-based support group for the Attica brothers has insisted that only total amnesty tor all inmates charged will mitígate tlie disaster at this point, Meyer V urged against it on the grounds that it ould prevent a lull investigation k. from proceeding. Sources close to the matter believe Carey Sources .... Informed Sources .... Informed Sources. . . . Informed Sour tí i L ti ai m i I m o . . Informed Sources .... Informed Sources . . . Informed Sources. . . . Infoi L f & 1 Pah rrÁ M 'A w r""5ft SLï OdSfcy5 hopes to quietly dismiss remaining charges, one by one, on teclinical grounds, without giving up the state's token convictions. With 24 of 34 kidnapping charges against the remaining defendants already dismissed, the state apparently plans to press charges for moving guards from the yard to the catwalk in the last hours of the rebellion. So far, this has cost the State of New York SlOmillion. The state especially wants eonvictions against respected inmate leaders like Bio. Shango, who was returned last June to Jackson Prison after completing lus time in New York. Shango, who came up on the west side of Detroit, has a hearing date in the Empire State on January 26,but local attorneys Neil Bush, hmie Goodman, and Haywood Burns are going to Federal court here on the 16th I 2 p.m. in Judge Joiner's court moni) to try to win Kis release ii om Jackson. The lavvyers coatend that the life sentence Shango is serving here should be voided beca use Michigan failed to try him within 1 20 days, a tact pointed out to no avail by his at i ey al the time. They say the court s argument that Shango's time luid stopped because he liad filed a writ bihabeas corpus essentially penalized him for exercising a ConstitutionaJ right. Besides, according to defense investigator Linda Borus, 'There are a lot of ways to put someone in prison and very few ways to get lüm or her out. Sliango has matured, educated himself. and become politiciz ed in the len years he has already spent injail. He's no longer the type of . person who needs to be locked up at all." ces .... Informed Sources . . . Informed Sources .... Informed Sources . . i med Sources .... Informed Sources .... Informed Sources .... Informed