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The McKay Commission

(New York State Special Commission on Attica) Hearings


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Commission Sessions and Summaries

New York City Hearings ~ April 20, 1972 (Morning)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 761-840. Thomas Wicker, a writer from The New York Times newspaper, continues his testimony from where he stopped on April 18th. Wicker describes his meetings in the prison yard with inmates.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 840-877. Francis Joseph Huen, an inmate at Attica, testifies to the commission. Huen discusses the atmosphere of Attica months before the uprising. Huen discusses what he was doing the morning of September 9th. He details the beginnings of the uprising and the sequence of the various gates being unlocked, which eventually led to the take over of the prison.

New York City Hearings ~ April 20, 1972 (Afternoon)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 878-944. Mr. Luxemburg examines Louis R. Jones, a District Attorney who represented many criminals who were sentenced to serve at Attica. James describes the duties of a District Attorney. He also counseled cases presented by the guards union at Attica presented to him.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 944-961. Jose Paris is examined by Mr. Sackett of the commission.. Paris served a prison sentence at Attica until May 20th, 1971. Inmates and Governor Rockefeller requested that Paris come to Attica during the uprising. Paris discusses the negotiations between prisoners and authorities, and some of the prisoners' demands.

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