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Trump Suggests the Wrongfully Convicted Central Park Five Are Guilty
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33502"><span class="small">Oliver Laughland, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 08:30

Laughland writes: "Donald Trump has again suggested that the wrongfully convicted teenagers in the Central Park Five case are guilty, and has declined to apologize for taking out print ads in 1989 that called for their execution."

Elizabeth Lederer, left, the prosecutor in the trial of the Central Park Five in 1990, with Linda Fairstein, an assistant district attorney and chief of the sex crimes prosecution unit in Manhattan. (photo: Chester Higgins, Jr./NYT)
Elizabeth Lederer, left, the prosecutor in the trial of the Central Park Five in 1990, with Linda Fairstein, an assistant district attorney and chief of the sex crimes prosecution unit in Manhattan. (photo: Chester Higgins, Jr./NYT)


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Trump Suggests the Wrongfully Convicted Central Park Five Are Guilty

By Oliver Laughland, Guardian UK

19 June 19


President said there were people ‘on both sides’ of the case and that ‘they admitted their guilt’

onald Trump has again suggested that the wrongfully convicted teenagers in the Central Park Five case are guilty, and has declined to apologise for taking out print ads in 1989 that called for their execution.

The case has been thrust into the limelight again with the release of Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series When They See Us, a fictionalised re-examination of the affair that gripped New York in the late 1980s.

Before any of the five teenagers, all black or Hispanic, had been tried over the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park, Trump, then a Manhattan real-estate tycoon, took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in New York state.

Those involved in the case later said Trump’s ads had a significant impact on the trial and contributed to the wrongful conviction.

The prosecution relied heavily on videotaped confessions, which defence lawyers argued were coerced.

In 2002, after the boys had spent years in prison, a serial rapist named Matias Reyes confessed to the attack. His DNA linked him to the crime scene. The convictions against the five were vacated and the city settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

On Tuesday, as Trump headed to Orlando to launch his campaign for re-election, he was asked by reporters if he would apologise for his role in the saga.

The president responded: “Why do you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up. You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So, we’ll leave it at that.”

Trump’s insistence despite evidence that the five were not guilty was a feature of the 2016 election.

Since DuVernay’s series was released, a number of officials involved in the prosecution have suffered significant backlash.

Fairstein, the New York prosecutor turned novelist who was referenced by Trump on Tuesday, lost her publishing deal with Penguin Random House. Earlier this month Fairstein wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal defending her role in the case, while conceding it was right for the city to vacate the charges.

Last week the lead prosecutor, Elizabeth Lederer, resigned from her position at Columbia Law School amid outcry from students.

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+15 # vt143 2019-06-19 10:14
Why does Trump persist with his thinking? Because he's a f**king racist and he thinks it helps curry favor with his "base."
 
 
+3 # wilhelmscream 2019-06-19 11:52
His base [IS] the KKK!!
 
 
+4 # elizabethblock 2019-06-19 10:24
I'm reminded of David Milgaard, who served - I can't remember how many years, but a hell of a long time - in Canada for a murder he did not commit. When DNA evidence cleared him, the original prosecutor said he had gotten off on a technicality.
 
 
+4 # economagic 2019-06-19 13:19
As a narcissist, Trump cannot admit a mistake. What fraction of prosecutors are narcissists?
 
 
+3 # economagic 2019-06-19 13:35
In addition to being unable to admit a mistake, Trump is apparently unable not only to distinguish opinion from fact, but MATTERS of opinion from MATTERS of fact. The fact that a serial rapist confessed to the crime and his DNA was linked to it is close enough to "beyond reasonable doubt," the standard in criminal cases that is too often ignored, to state his guilt as "fact.". It does not prove his guilt in the sense that I can prove the Pythagorean Theorem through logic alone. But it does mean that people's opinions on the matter, including that of the president, are irrelevant.

I cannot imagine that Trump understands this distinction. If he does--or if he understands anything beyond what his own ego tells him--he is one of the greatest actors in history, and also one of the most dangerous fools.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2019-06-19 17:24
Somebody put a cork in his mouth. Everything he says is just disgusting.