Society & Culture
Leid Stories - 06/26/14
Justice Gone Wilding: Behind the Legal Lynching of the Central Park 7 (Part 2)
Yesterday’s conversation with “Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr. on the Central Park 7 case continues.
The announcement last week that the City of New York has agreed to a $40-million settlement with five men exonerated in the 1989 rape and brutal assault of a female jogger in Central Park encourages an examination of many important issues raised by the case—chief among them that to date there has been no formal inquiry into police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, nor any attempt to ascertain how many were harmed by the wholesale abuse of power and authority during the racially charged investigation of the crime.
Maddox had represented pro bono Michael Briscoe, then 17, the only defendant to escape the predetermined outcome of the sham trial.
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