Food for Thought. . .
Thirty years ago this day the disturbing case known as the Central Park jogger gained national attention. The assault and rape of Trisha Meili gripped New York City, leaving her in a coma for 12 days, and the city dealing with one of the most publicized crimes of the 1980s. The case is also known as the Central Park Five, a reference to the five teenage boys–four African American and one Hispanic–arrested the night of the 19th for the crime against Ms. Meili. With such an atrocity, somebody had to be held accountable. Tragically, the Central Park Five were not the perpetrators. Like so many other solved and unsolved cases before and since, they were the scapegoats for a public seething for justice in the aftermath of such a vicious crime. Under duress and coercion, the boys, unfortunately, confessed. However, before the trial, the FBI tested the DNA of the rape kit and found it did not match any of the tested suspects. Nevertheless, the boys were tried, convicted, and spent between 6 and 13 years in prison. They were innocent. Yet, they were caught in the inequity and injustice of our legal system.
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