Elizabeth Fink


Age: 70

New York lawyer and defense attorney who helped state inmates to win a $12 million settlement 30 years after the bloody 1971 prison riot at Attica when she sued state authorities over the force used to retake control of Attica Correctional Facility from inmates, where troopers and guards fatally shot 29 inmates and 10 hostages and prisoners who had rioted five days earlier and taken control of part of the prison were beaten and tortured, in which the federal class-action lawsuit was tried in 1991 in Buffalo, New York after an appeals court overturned the jury verdicts for the prisoners for violations of their civil rights but the settlement was reached in 2000.

Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Born: June 7, 1945

Died: September 22, 2015

Brooklyn, New York