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Criminal Law Keyed to Kadish
Inmates of Attica Correctional Facility v. Rockefeller
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32 inmates died while several others were injured during the inmate’s uprising in 1971 at the New York State’s Attica Correction Facility. Officials of the New York State and the local U.S. Attorney were charged to court by the present and former inmates of the facility. Also, a mother of a deceased former inmate joined in filing the suit against the officials. The inmates alleged that the state officials committed various crimes in quelling the uprising and that the state officials were nonchalant in prosecuting those who committed the crimes. Also, they alleged that the U.S. Attorney also failed to investigate and prosecute the offenders. They therefore sought mandamus against the U.S. Attorney and the state defendants to compel investigations as remedies for the alleged injuries they sustained. This prayer of the plaintiffs was moved against by the defendants on the premise that they sought improper judicial relief. The motion to dismiss the prayers of the plaintiffs was granted by the trial court but the plaintiffs appealed
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