5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Will Settle Suit for $40 Million JUNE 19, 2014
The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve a bitterly fought civil rights lawsuit over their arrests and imprisonment for a sensational crime they did not commit. [via]
I started my research on the Central Park Jogger case at John Jay in NYC. I spent years studying false confessions, psychological coercion, reading transcripts of the custodial interrogations of these kids, watching video of the confessions elicited, hoping there would be a settlement but more importantly, admission of wrong doing on behalf of the prosecutors’ office. We won’t get the latter, but they will get the former (after a pass by the judge, comptroller and de Blasio). This case; Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise are solely responsible for inspiring me to do my work, and I’m glad it’s almost closed. Twenty-five years is too long.