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February 15, 2013

2013.02.15: One of the Most Serious Miscarriages of Justice in New York City’s History

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 10:28 am

From:  Codling, Antonia
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 10:28 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: One of the Most Serious Miscarriages of Justice in New York City’s History

Come to court & support the Central Park 5 lawsuit to end 23 years of monstrous injustice!

Tuesday, February 19 from 2:00 PM at 500 Pearl St., Fl. 18-D  — An overflow courtroom has been added!

Come to Rally in Support of CP5!

Tuesday, February 19 from 4:00 PM at Foley Square –

I HAVE ASKED ALAA TO REQUEST UNION RELEASE TIME – IF ANY ALAA MEMBER WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR NAME AND OFFICE BY 5:00 P.M. TODAY.

Directions to 500 Pearl St./Southern District Court (Northeast of Foley Sq., with entrances on Pearl St. just west of Park Row – or – on Worth St. btw Baxter & Mulberry;

transit: J train (not M) to Chambers; # 4 , 5 , 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; R (not N) to City Hall (at Broadway & Warren); A , C to Chambers; N , Q to Canal (east exit stairs, through J platform, to Centre St.); # 1 , 2 , 3 to Chambers; E to WTC; PATH to WTC;

M22 bus via Madison St., East Broadway, Worth & Chambers; M9 via Essex St., East Broadway & Park Row; buses via 3rd Av./Bowery or via Broadway or via 2nd Av. & Allen St.

 

LEST WE FORGET!

DONALD TRUMP LED A WHITE RACIST MEDIA & STREET CAMPAIGN TO EXECUTE THE CENTRAL PARK 5 ‘ BEFORE ‘ THEY EVEN WENT TO TRIAL …….

In 1989, barely a week after the CP5 were arrested, Donald Trump took out a full page ad in four New York City newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty so that these innocent children (then 14 -16 years old) could be executed.  Never mind that the five alleged assailants were all minors, or that rape wasn’t a capital crime. There was a moral panic to be stoked.

And stoked it was. New York’s media parted with their tradition of not publishing the names of minors accused of crimes. The case gave us the term “wilding”, described at the time as the name violent youth gangs gave their sprees of crime and terror, but which was most likely the result of an NYPD detective who misunderstood the lyrics to a Tone Lōc song. The case made national headlines, and fueled the growing myth of the super-predator, in which the law-and-order crowd terrified white suburbia with tales of a rising class of young, black super-criminals. The explosion in violent juvenile crime predicted by the likes of William Bennett and John DiIulio, Jr. never happened.

If Trump had his way, all of the Central Park Five would have been dead by 2002. That’s the year Matias Reyes, already in prison for rape and murder, confessed to the crime, and insisted he acted alone. DNA tests had already confirmed that only one person raped victim Trisha Meili. Further DNA testing showed Reyes was that person. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau later vacated the convictions of the other five suspects, all of whom had already served their sentences for the attack.

Since their exoneration Trump has said nothing about the role he played in assuring their wrongful conviction and done nothing to push the City to settle the Five’s civil suit for damages.

All five of the accused have sued the city.  After nine years, that lawsuit is still pending.

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