$40M for ‘Central Park Jogger’ Men

    Desmond Cadogan holds up a sign during a rally in support of the Central Park Five in New York January 17, 2013. Five teenage boys confessed to raping a woman in Central Park on April 19, 1989, after hours of interrogation by New York City police. Whether those confessions, which helped send them to prison before their convictions were overturned in 2002, were coerced by investigators is at the heart of an unresolved $250 million lawsuit that has served as an ugly reminder of questions about race and the justice system that have haunted the so-called "Central Park Jogger" case for almost 24 years. A hearing for the case was held on January 17, 2013.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3CKWB

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    The five men who were convicted and later found innocent of raping a female jogger in Central Park in 1989, will be paid $40 million in a settlement by New York City. The attack sparked national media interest as it brought attention to the city’s high crime rate. The five men, all between 14- and 16-years-old at the time, confessed to the crime after being interrogated by police. They later recanted, saying the police had exhausted and coerced them. Another man, who was a serial rapist and murderer, confessed to the crime years later and DNA evidence tied him to it. All of the boys had served between five and 13 years before being released after the judge vacated the conviction. While he was mayor, Michael Bloomberg had opposed settling the case, arguing that the convictions withstood legal scrutiny.

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