$40 Million Settlement Reached in Notorious Central Park 5 Case

The decade long call for justice of the wrongly accused Central Park 5 has come to an end with a $40 million settlement.
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    It’s been nearly 25 years since five African-American and Latino teens were rounded up and charged with gang raping a 28 year old white investment banker while she was jogging in Central Park. After each served a minimum of 6-13 years in years and being cleared with DNA evidence, the AP reports has been reached in the civil rights lawsuit filed over a decade ago.
   The attack was one of the most notorious crimes in New York City history, and it mesmerized the nation, serving as a symbol of the city’s racial and class divide and its rampant crime. When the victim was found in the brush, more than 75 percent of her blood had drained from her body, and her skull was smashed. She was in a coma for 12 days, left with permanent damage, and remembers nothing about the attack.
   The defendants, aged 14-16, recorded confessions on video, in some cases with the boys’ parents in the room after hours of interrogation. At the trials, their lawyers argued the confessions were coerced. At the time, DNA testing was not sophisticated enough to make or break the case.
   In 2002, a re-examination of the case found that DNA on the victim’s sock pointed to Matias Reyes, a murderer and serial rapist who confessed that he alone attacked the jogger. The statute of limitations for charging Reyes had run out; he is serving a life sentence for other crimes.

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