Although Governor Carey supposedly “closed the book” on Attica, one inmate. Dacajeweiah, remains imprisoned. The governor commuted Dacajeweiah’s life sentence for the alleged murder of a prison guard during the 197l Atlica uprising, but left Dacajeweiah’s release date in the hands of the parole board. Because of massive legislative pressure on the board, it denied him release. This decision came after Dacajeweiah and his attorneys had been informed that his release was imminent, in line with the spirit of the Governor’s message pardoning every other indicted inmate and the one indicted state trooper because the evidence or crimes by the law enforcement personnel Involved in the retaking of the prison had been hopelessly mismanaged .
A broad group of attorneys is presently undertaking three different legal strategies in an effort to obtain Dacajeweia his release. These include: the direct appeal of his criminal conviction; the appeal of’ the parole board’s decision denying him parole: and a motion for a new trial.
We hope this legal pressure combined with other efforts will result in Dacajeweiah’s release.
Michael Ratner. William Kunstler with Ramsey Clark, Elizabeth Fink, Michael Kennedy, Ed Koren, Jonathan Lubell, Mary O’Melveny, and Margaret Ratner.