Bernard Stern Meyer


Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, 1979-1984

Interviewed: Between 2000-2002

Interview conducted outside of the Society’s Oral History Project

On September 9, 1971, more than 1,000 inmates rioted at Attica State Correctional Facility in Western New York. A guard and three inmates were killed during the siege. Four days later, heavily armed state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and prison guards stormed the prison to free the hostages. In the resulting battle, 10 prison employees and 29 inmates died and more than 80 people were wounded. During the aftermath, charges surfaced that crimes committed by law enforcement officers during the siege… CONTINUE READING


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