Blake filed suit pro se claiming prison officials were negligent in failing to protect him from attack. The court of claims agreed, found the state liable and awarded Blake $35,000 for past pain and suffering; $25,000 for future suffering and $14,430 in interest.
Michelle Walls, the assistant attorney general who represented the state in the case said: "I hate to give this guy credit, but he really gave a harrowing account of what it was like to have his hands handcuffed behind his back and a guy attacking him with a razor. He thought he was dying and I didn't disbelieve him."
The state chose not to appeal and Blake received the judgment in November 2000. Blake is serving a 77 to life sentence for killing Onondaga county sheriff's deputy David Clark in 1987.
Source: Syracuse Online
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