Seeking justice: From Scottsboro to Central Park

by Denise Oliver Velez,             Central Park 5 defendants in the courtroom, 1989 Recently elected mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio promised as part of his campaign that he would settle the civil lawsuit against the City of New York for malicious prosecution and wrongful conviction in 1990 of a group of young teenagers—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise—known collectively as “The Central Park Five.” In February, de Blasio continued to assert the suit would be settled: Mayor de Blasio reaffirms promise to reach ‘swift settlement’ of $250M Central Park Five lawsuit. Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday reaffirmed his campaign promise to reach a “swift settlement” of the lawsuit filed by the defendants exonerated in the Central Park jogger case. He spoke as the five defendants gathered outside City Hall calling for a resolution of their damage claim against the city. “Where...

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