NEW YORK – A growing chorus of lawmakers is asking New York City to settle with the five men whose convictions were overturned in the notorious Central Park jogger case.
The five black and Hispanic men were convicted as teenagers in 1990 of raping and beating a white woman jogging in the park. They served six to 13 years in prison before a judge threw out their convictions because of new evidence linking someone else to the crime.
In 2003, they sued police and prosecutors for $250 million. The case has gone nowhere. But the attention — and the pressure on the city — could increase in the coming weeks with the broadcast of a documentary on the case by the filmmaker Ken Burns.