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and Mount Union, <*t., Month 14,197*- Section C, PA6E1 ., J ... ...,^ U*....^:,.^.,^ >..,„..,..,* ,.^..... „ .,.^...-^.,... M .,'.... tJ . J _..,......kl.. ACLU Ifl Lewiabttfg Project ' ' " " " ' '"' ij'iir'n' r.'i.rll'.i-i'il-'niiimh rtm u u Itr'nf|-"lr-nfm ft, iiiKtnliM . New Actioji In Case Is Close HARRISBURG (UP!) There will be a legal development this week in the case of 38 inmates at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary who allege they were beaten by prison guards in 1978, according to sources close to the case. The American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project in Washington planned a Wednesday news conference to announce the development. Steven Ney, an attorney for the project, would not confirm what action would be taken but acknowledged the ACLU's prison project has been working Vn the case for several months. In New York, ACLU Executive Director Ira (jlasser also declined comment on the ACLU's plans. The U.S. Justice Department conducted a "thorough investigation" into the alleged brutality and cleared Lewisburg officials and guards of wrongdoing. Additionally, Lewisburg Warden Thomas Fenton has denied the accusations. The 38 prisoners claim they were "systematically and brutally" beaten with axe handles by Lewisburg guards April 14, 1978, according to sources close to the case. "This is one of the largest single acts of prison brutality since Attica, the source charged. Amnesty International requested an independent probe of the allegations immediately following the alleged incident and has also cited the case as possibly a major violation of human rights in the United States. The prisoners involved had been transported by bus from the Federal Correctional Institution at Atlanta to Lewisburg. Prison system officials told the ACLU the inmates were violence-prone troublemakers who were going to be dispersed throughout the federal prison system, according to the National Prison " Project. Prisoners allege they were beaten as they were taken off the bus, and then again while receiving cell assignments in a waiting room inside the penitentiary.. The prisoners said they were beaten while they were bound in waist and leg irons and handcuffs. In a separate case, Lewisburg officials are on federal trial right now in Lewisburg in a suit brought by other inmates over their rights for recreation and clean sanitary conditions. The case, in which Lewisburg warden Fenton was accused of violating a 1976 court order relating to conditions at the prison, was expected to conclude this week or next.