New York City Reaches Tentative Deal In Central Park Jogger Case
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A settlement has been reached with five men who were falsely convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger, officials said.
The announcement was made Friday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the amount at $40 million. Stringer said that’s “in the ballpark” but won’t give specifics.
The deal needs approval from the comptroller and a federal judge.
Five black and Hispanic defendants, dubbed the Central Park Five, were convicted in the attack on a white woman who had gone for a run in the park.
They served six to 13 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out in 2002 because of evidence connecting someone else to the attack.
They sued police and prosecutors for $250 million.
“For too long, justice has been delayed and denied for the five innocent men who were wrongfully imprisoned for this horrific crime,” said Congressman Charles B. Rangel. “I commend the de Blasio administration for helping to close this tragic chapter in our city’s history, and I hope this proposed agreement will help the men known as the Central Park Five live out their lives in peace. At long last, they deserve healing after years of injustice.”
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