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Central Park Jogger

Bensonhurst Case and Do the Right Thing Revisited 25 Years Later

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Tawana Told The Truth! So blared the graffiti in Bed-Stuy in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a film that was released roughly 25 years ago, in the summer of 1989 and, according to legend, served as the first date for Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle.

Can Society Right a Wrong? The Central Park 5 Settlement

Dominic Carter | Posted 09.06.2014 | New York
Dominic Carter

After the stigma, the pain for their families, and all these years of being labeled rapists, these five young men can begin to put the terrible ordeal in the past, an ordeal that tagged them and scarred them for life.

The Central Park Jogger Case Is Settled for $40 Million, But What About Justice for Other Black and Latino Teens?

Natalie Byfield | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Natalie Byfield

For me, in this case, the arc of the moral universe encompasses more than the men involved; and thus it is longer even than the 25 years it took for the exonerate men to get this measure of reparation or justice.

NYC Mayor: Central Park Five Settlement A 'Moral Obligation'

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio upheld his decision to settle the "Central Park Five" lawsuit against the city for close to $40 million, calling it...

Men Wrongly Convicted In Central Park Jogger Case Reportedly Reach Settlement

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices

The five men wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a female jogger in Central Park more than 25 years ago have reportedly agreed to a settlement...

Twenty-five Years Later, Central Park Five Reflect on Justice

Raymond Santana | Posted 07.29.2014 | New York
Raymond Santana

To know that there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not an oncoming train -- it becomes a refilling of hope, a refilling of belief in our justice system.

Taping Police Interrogations Could Have Prevented This Horrific Miscarriage of Justice

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Jeff Kukucka

We found that interrogators who were told that their sessions would be taped were less likely to use certain high-pressure interrogation techniques such as threatening the suspect and promising leniency in exchange for a confession.

25 Years After the Central Park-Rape Case, Looking at Race in Media

Natalie Byfield | Posted 07.27.2014 | New York
Natalie Byfield

That a mostly white media used language like "savage," "wolfpack," "animal" and even "feral" to describe the group of African American and Latino teens accused of rape points to the racial context in which the media placed Meili's assault.

Wolitzer's Novel The Interestings Fails to Live Up to Its Title

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 11.05.2013 | Books
Sunny Bjerk

Despite the promise of its beginning, the novel falters in its lack of character depth and development, ultimately pinning the novel's success on the glib lives of six New Yorkers who occupy a bubble separate from the city's racial and socioeconomic diversity.

Stories from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Dick Simon | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Dick Simon

2013-08-27-marchonwashingtondicksimon.jpg While almost everyone who is here in D.C. this week agrees that much has changed since that momentous day, they all are quick to add that there is still more that needs to be done before King's dream is finally realized.

NYC Urged To Settle Central Park Jogger Case

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 06.07.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — New York is a safer, less fearful place than it was in 1990, when murders hit an all-time high, race relations were raw and the city ...

NYC's Ongoing Denial of the 'Central Park Five' Is a Disservice to Black, Latino Men

Deron Dalton | Posted 05.18.2013 | Black Voices
Deron Dalton

As New York City continues to deny the Central Park Five compensation for six to 13 years each served in prison, denial of any wrongdoing and the racist injustice of the criminal justice system within this case is actually a continued disservice to all black and Latino men.

Judge Blocks NYC From 'Central Park Five' Footage

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 04.22.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked New York City from getting footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his...

Janell Ross

NYC Official: It's Time to Pay Up In Central Park Jogger Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- For the first time in the decade since a New York court overturned the convictions of five teenagers in the 1989 rape and beating of a wom...

Janell Ross

Central Park Five: Documentary Highlights N.Y. Justice System Breakdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.08.2013 | Black Voices

The documentary begins in New York’s Central Park, with a large, hazy moon poking through a network of bare tree branches, followed by a sobering re...

The Central Park Five Deserve Economic Justice

Tom Allon | Posted 01.29.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

When you rob five young men of their youth, innocence and educational opportunity and put them and their families through hell for more than a decade, you owe them more than an apology -- you owe them restitution.

Must-Do This Weekend: Go and See The Central Park Five

Lisa Bernier | Posted 01.24.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

No New Yorker should ever forget the 1989 Central Park jogger case, not for the media attention it received, but for the gross miscarriage of justice it represents.

NYC Seeks Footage From Ken Burns Doc On Central Park Rape

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Lawyers for the city are seeking access to footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his movie about the fi...

The Central Park Five Premieres in Cannes

Annette Insdorf | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

Audiences have been galvanized by The Central Park Five. "It would be foolish to say that the story is done, that we live in a post-racial society. That's what we struggle with ... to come to terms with America's original sin, which is race."

When Juveniles Confess to Murders They Didn't Commit

David Protess | Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

False confessions happen all the time. They are particularly common in cases involving juveniles. What is distinctive about the Englewood Four case, and deeply troubling, is that State's Attorney Alvarez will not acknowledge the mistake.

Matt Sledge

Compensation Proves Elusive For Men Wrongfully Accused In Park Rape Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.06.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- When police in New York are accused of misconduct, the city usually likes to settle quickly and quietly. New York City dished out $117 mil...

Man Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case: Donald Trump Wanted Me Dead When I Was 14!

Cheryl Wills | Posted 06.29.2011 | New York
Cheryl Wills

As Donald Trump hammers away at President Obama over his college grades and birth certificate, one of the men who was vindicated in the infamous Central Park jogger rape case calls Trump a big phony.

Our Justice System Needs to Protect Children's Human Rights

Bernardine Dohrn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bernardine Dohrn

Routine police interrogation methods have elicited an outrageously high proportion of false confessions -- coerced confessions given by innocent suspects, especially children, who quickly recant.

Why Young People Falsely Confess to Police

Steve Drizin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

I've seen police lie to children in all manner of ways, telling one child that his dead sister's blood was found in his bedroom and a different boy that his father had awakened from a coma and told police the boy was his assailant.

Trial and Error: Houston, We've Got a Problem

Lynne Glasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynne Glasner

As Morgenthau steps down as DA, one of the three primary contestants stands out. Richard Aborn has a track record of working for reform.