NEW YORK – A New York City official says the city has agreed to a $40 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed against police and prosecutors by the five men exonerated in the 1989 Central Park jogger attack.
The official has direct knowledge of the agreement but isn't allowed to speak publicly about it and therefore spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
A spokeswoman for the city's Law Department declined to comment. The deal must still be approved by the city comptroller and a federal judge.
The $250 million lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago on behalf of five black and Hispanic boys convicted in 1990 of raping and beating a white woman jogging in the park a year earlier.
Each served six to 13 years in prison. Their convictions were tossed in 2002 after evidence emerged linking someone else to the crime.