Friday, May 31, 2024

Five teenagers convicted and later exonerated; one businessman calling for the death penalty then and now convicted

Five teenagers were arrested in Central Park in New York City on charges of assault and rape. One businessman called for the death penalty to be reintroduced in the state: "I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer [...]." The five teenagers were all convicted and imprisoned. Twelve years later, another man confessed to the rape in the teenagers' case, and their convictions were vacated. Now, another twenty-three years later, that businessman, who in a civil case has recently been ruled to have committed rape himself, has been convicted on thirty-four counts of falsifying business records with the intent to violate federal campaign finance limits. (Andrew Shields, #111Words, 31 May 2024)

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