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    Posted: Jun 21 2014 at 7:04pm
Originally posted by hauteshellbi hauteshellbi wrote:

Was the victim unconscious? Why didn't she know it was only 1 person and not five? ***Not victim blaming just asking
"She was found in brush with a serious head injury, having lost 75 percent of the blood from her body and with no recollection of what happened. "


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Majesty what's the name of the documentary I want to watch it
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hauteshellbi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 21 2014 at 6:40pm
Was the victim unconscious? Why didn't she know it was only 1 person and not five? ***Not victim blaming just asking
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Katrenia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 21 2014 at 6:25pm
Why is Trump's opinion even publicized??
Who is he that we should care about his lowly yt opinion??
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Trump is an arrogant bastard. I wonder if he lost all his money (and never recuperated a dime), if his attitude would still be the same.
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I can believe Bloomberg fought all these years to not settle this case Im so glad he is out of office.
Trump needs to go work on his hairpiece and not worry about these men.
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40 mil is a mere drop in a bucket. 

Trump is just letting his true spirit of Satan shine through. Let him be...

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And Donald Trump is not happy about it... he such a racist, he was the one who got a full page on NYT at the time saying that those men needed to be prosecuted for attacking the woman, and now he thinks they shouldn't even get paid for spending years in jail for something they didn't do.

'The heist of the century': Donald Trump calls Central Park Five's $40M settlement 'disgraceful' because they are 'no angels'

  • Central Park 5 - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kharey Wise - settled for $40 million on Friday, 25-years after being convicted of a crime they didn't commit
  • Donald Trump says the payout is 'a disgrace' and shows 'the stupidity of the justice system'
  • Said taxpayers should not have to foot the bill and that the then-teenagers where 'no angels' at the time of their conviction
  • They were found guilty of the April 1989 rape and beating of 28-year-old investment banker Trisha Meili
  • Central Park 5 were all aged between 14-16 and claimed the NYPD coerced them into confessions
  • In 2002 new DNA evidence discovered a convicted rapist was responsible
  • He confessed and the men were exonerated of the brutal crime after serving between seven and 13 years behind bars
  • The men, now in their late 30s and early 40s, have spent 12 years fighting for compensation

By Joel Christie and James Nye

Published: 10:35 EST, 21 June 2014 | Updated: 10:36 EST, 21 June 2014


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664482/Donald-Trump-slams-40M-settlement-Central-Park-5-disgraceful.html#ixzz35Jk9sAg7
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In a scathing attack on the $40 million settlement handed down to the Central Park 5 - at the expense of taxpayers - Donald Trump has called the payout a 'disgraceful' and 'ridiculous' result owing to the 'incompetence' of the New York City justice system.

Writing an opinion piece for The New York Daily News on Saturday, the real estate mogul - who has long advocated the five then-teenagers receive the death penalty for the brutal rape and bashing of an investment banker in Central Park in 1989 - said that even though the men had been exonerated, the $40 million settlement was overblown.

'Forty million dollars is a lot of money for the taxpayers of New York to pay when we are already the highest taxed city and state in the country,' he wrote in the paper.

'The recipients must be laughing out loud at the stupidity of the city ... These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels.'

The five black and Hispanic defendants - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kharey Wise - were aged between 14 and 16 when they found guilty in 1990 for the horrific attack on Trisha Meili, 28, who had gone for a run in the park.

Settlement: (left to right) Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam in 2012 in New York City. The men have settled for $40 million for their wrongful conviction for the rape of a 28-year-old woman in Central Park in 1989. Donald Trump has called the payout a disgrace
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Settlement: (left to right) Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam in 2012 in New York City. The men have settled for $40 million for their wrongful conviction for the rape of a 28-year-old woman in Central Park in 1989. Donald Trump has called the payout 'a disgrace'

She was found in brush with a serious head injury, having lost 75 percent of the blood from her body and with no recollection of what happened.

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Scathing: Donald Trump says the $40 million Central Park 5 settlement is 'disgraceful' and shows the 'stupidity of the city'

Alleged police brutality forced false confessions from the five teens.

They served six to 13 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out in 2002 because DNA evidence that was dug up showed Matias Reyes, a convicted killer and rapist, had committed the crime and acted alone. 

At the time of their trial, the men argued the DNA would have triggered a not-guilty verdict but that the evidence was ignored.

Reyes, already in prison for other charges, admitted to attacking Trisha Meili, who was in a coma for 12 days and suffered permanent damage.

The five sued police and prosecutors for $250 million.

On Friday, 25 years after the attack, the city agreed to give the five a settlement 'in the ball park' of $40 million, which was seen as a symbol of the failure of the justice system.

'My opinion on the settlement of the Central Park Jogger case is that it’s a disgrace,' Trump wrote in his piece.

'A detective close to the case, and who has followed it since 1989, calls it “the heist of the century''.'

'One thing we know is that the amount of time, energy and money that has been spent on this case is unacceptable. 

'The justice system has a lot to answer for, as does the City of New York regarding this very mishandled disaster.'

'As citizens and taxpayers, we deserve better than this.'

The agreed deal, which must still be approved by the city comptroller, averages out at roughly $1 million for each year of imprisonment for the five men.

That means that Kharey Wise, who spent 13-years in prison, will be the largest single payout New York City has made in a wrongful conviction case.

The other four men all served around seven years in prison.

The men are all in their late 30s or early 40s now and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was said to be keen to have the case settled.

This was in direct contrast to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg who argued the original $250 million suit was too high because authorities acted in good faith.

Arrest: In this April 22, 1989 file photo, Yusef Salaam, 15, second from left, and Raymond Santana, 14, right, are led from the 24th Precinct by a detective after their arrest in connection with the rape and severe beating of a woman jogging in Central Park
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Arrest: In this April 22, 1989 file photo, Yusef Salaam, 15, second from left, and Raymond Santana, 14, right, are led from the 24th Precinct by a detective after their arrest in connection with the rape and severe beating of a woman jogging in Central Park

FILE - This 1990 file photo provided by Sundance Selects shows accused rapist Yusef Salaam, second right, being escorted by police in New York in 1990. Salaa...
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Yusef Salaam, second right, is escorted by police in New York in 1990 after being convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. New York City has agreed to a $40 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed against police and prosecutors by Salaam and four co-defendants

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2002 file photo, Dolores Wise, left, whose son Kharey Wise was one of five youths convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, pum...
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Dolores Wise, left, whose son Kharey Wise was one of five youths convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, pumps her fist in the air as she sings We Shall Overcome at a rally in front of State Supreme Court in New York on October 21, 2002

Indeed, according to the New York Times, the city's Law Department backed this opinion at the time.

'The case is not about whether the teens were wrongly convicted,' a department spokeswoman said.

'It’s about whether prosecutors and police deliberately engaged in misconduct.'

The attack on 28-year-old investment banker Trisha Meili occurred on April 19, 1989. It was one of the most notorious crimes in New York City history and it mesmerized the nation, serving as a lurid symbol of the city's racial and class divide and its rampant crime.

 

It gave rise to the term 'wilding' for urban mayhem by teenagers.

'Drugs. Guns. Gangs. New York City was just crime central at that time,' said former New York Detective Kirk Burkhalter, recalling an era so blood-soaked that the city had a record 2,245 homicides in 1990, compared with 414 in 2012.

'You were scared to ride the trains after dark. It was such a different place.'

THE CRIME THAT STUNNED A NATION AND CHANGED NEW YORK CITY FOREVER

Trisha Meili was out jogging in Central Park on April 19, 1989, when she was bound, gagged, raped and beaten nearly to death, a chilling crime to which five teenage boys confessed after hours of interrogation by New York City police.

From the start, the rape of a 28-year-old white woman in the park drew intense media coverage and led to the term 'wilding' to describe gangs of youths terrorizing random passersby.

The five were convicted in 1990 based on the confessions, delivered after interrogations that in some cases lasted overnight.

Twelve years later, Matias Reyes, a murderer and serial rapist who had attacked a woman in the park two days before Meili's assault, confessed to the crime, and DNA testing tied him to the rape.

In a 2002 report recommending the convictions be vacated, prosecutor Nancy Ryan concluded that the boys' confessions contained 'troubling discrepancies' and that Reyes' description of the attack matched the crime scene.

A judge vacated the convictions. By then, however, the boys had already been released after serving sentences ranging from five years to 13 years.

In 2002, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly appointed a panel to produce its own report, which concluded that the boys likely attacked Meili before Reyes did.

Former prosecutor Michael Armstrong, who co-authored the report, said Ryan erred in dismissing the boys' confessions entirely.

'It seems impossible to say that they weren't there at all, because they knew too much,' he said in an interview.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the belief that the boys are guilty is pervasive among the dozens of police officers who have been deposed.

'They protect each other,' said Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, a lawyer for the five. 'It's always like this.'

However, in prison, three of the men, Richardson, Salaam and Santan said they were innocent but acknowledged they were in the park committing assualts - but not rape.

Mr. Santana indicated in his hearing that the larger group was out to rob people. 'I took part in with the beatings of that man,' he said.

'If I could go back in time and not do it again, you know, it would have been a whole different story.'

The men’s lawyers have long said that their clients committed no crimes in the park that night.

When Meili 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.

Meili later went public as a motivational speaker and wrote a book.

Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson, both 14 at the time, Antron McCray and Salaam, 15, and Korey Wise, 16, were rounded up and arrested.

After hours of interrogation, four of them recorded confessions on video, in some cases with the boys' parents in the room.

Bravery: Trisha Meili, The Central Park Jogger published a book about her harrowing experience - waiving her anonymity to reveal her recovery and the trauma she experienced
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Bravery: Trisha Meili, The Central Park Jogger published a book about her harrowing experience - waiving her anonymity to reveal her recovery and the trauma she experienced

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.

Then-District Attorney Robert Morgenthau stopped short of declaring the Central Park Five innocent but withdrew all charges and did not seek a retrial. (The statute of limitations for charging Reyes had run out; he is serving a life sentence for other crimes.)

Roger Wareham, one of the lawyers for the five, said the DNA was the key.

'There was never any forensic evidence that tied them to this case,' he said. 'In 1989, everybody might not have been forensic savvy, but now, after 'Law and Order,' everybody knows if there's no DNA, they didn't do it.'

But an overturned conviction does not automatically mean there was any wrongdoing by prosecutors or police.

Legal experts said the case took a long time in part because of the money and reputations at stake.

The two-hour documentary, 'The Central Park Five,' made the case that the men were wrongly convicted.

The film uses extensive interviews with the men and their families, and lawyers for the city went to court to demand outtakes for use in the civil case.

The defendants' lives since they got out of prison have not been easy. Wise was recently re-arrested. McCray moved away.

Santana sold drugs and was sent back to prison, but now, along with Richardson and Salaam, has become the public face of the case, speaking out against wrongful convictions and racial profiling.

'We are over being angry. Now it's about helping others, raising our own families right,' said Santana, now 39 last year.



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Yes, finally after all these years. I feel really bad for these guys, their families and the victim. Even though all the h*ll they went through can't be undone, this will at least be a new start. I watched their documentary on Netflix, and several of the guys were saying how hard it is for them to find jobs, and provide for their families. Mainly because the assault charges are still on their records even after 17 years. Thank God they will no longer have to worry about money.

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote afrokock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 20 2014 at 7:20am
They thought these kids were the decepts and transformed on that poor woman

I feel bad for those me and that woman

And the investigators and prosecution need to be jailed
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