2 items from 2014
Ken Burns, co-director of the PBS documentary pic “The Central Park Five,” said a potential $40 million settlement in the case of the five men who were wrongfully imprisoned for beating and raping a female jogger will bring “closure” to a painful chapter in New York legal history.
The men and New York City’s Law Department reached a confidential deal this week, according to the New York Times.
Burns said financial restitution will provide some “measure of justice” to the five black and Hispanic plaintiffs who served between seven and thirteen years in prison before being exonerated. Burns and his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon produced the 2012 PBS docu that shed light on how the legal process went awry for the five men.
“Their story has come to symbolize the immense challenges we continue to confront when it comes to race in this country, but it is also the »
- Brent Lang
It was in November 2013 when then Mayor-elect of New York City Bill de Blasio, succeeding Michael Bloomberg, announced that he planned to settle the $250 million Central Park Five lawsuit against the city, which was filed over a decade ago. This evening, 7 months later, The New York Times is reporting that the city and the Central Park Five (Kharey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana Jr) – who were wrongly convicted of the rape of a jogger in 1989 – have reached a $40 million settlement, not the $250 million the Five originally sued the city for. Although the deal still needs to be sealed by a federal judge and the city »
- Tambay A. Obenson
2 items from 2014
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