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Opinions On Unsealing Attica Report

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There are plenty of opinions as to whether a New York judge should open two remaining volumes from an investigation into the 1971 Attica prison riot and its aftermath.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in October asked the state Supreme Court to unseal the documents. A decision is expected later this year.

A judge in Buffalo has received letters and legal briefs from a variety of people weighing in. They include attorney Edward Cosgrove, who represents the wife of the late state police Col. Henry Williams.

Williams, on Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's orders, gave the command to retake the prison, which resulted in 29 inmates and 10 hostages being killed.

Cosgrove opposes releasing the documents, even with names omitted, saying they'd add to misinformation. The state's archivist favors the release, citing continuing scholarly interest.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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