The Central Park Five

Where Are They Now?

What happened?

On the night of April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old female jogger was brutally attacked and raped in New York's Central Park. She was found unconscious with her skull fractured, her body temperature at 84 degrees, and 75 percent of her blood drained from her body. When she recovered, she had no memory of the assault. Initial police investigations quickly focused on a group of African American and Latino youths who were in police custody for a series of other attacks perpetrated in the park that night.
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ANTRON MCCRAY (Background)

State:New York

County:New York

Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault

Additional Convictions:Sexual Assault, Robbery, Assault

Reported Crime Date:1989

Convicted:1990

Exonerated:2002

Sentence:5 to 10 years

Race:Black

Sex:Male

Age:14

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KEVIN RICHARDSON(Background)

State:New York

County:New York

Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault

Additional Convictions:Sexual Assault, Robbery, Assault

Reported Crime Date:1989

Convicted:1990

Exonerated:2002

Sentence:5 to 10 years

Race:Black

Sex:Male

Age:14

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YUSEF SALAAM

State:New York

County:New York

Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault

Additional Convictions:Sexual Assault, Robbery, Assault

Reported Crime Date:1989

Convicted:1990

Exonerated:2002

Sentence:5 to 10 years

Race:Black

Sex:Male

Age:14

RAYMOND SANTANA

State:New York

County:New York

Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault

Additional Convictions:Sexual Assault, Robbery

Reported Crime Date:1989

Convicted:1990

Exonerated:2002

Sentence:5 to 10 years

Race:Black

Sex:Male

Age:14

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KOREY WISE





State:New York

County:New York

Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault

Additional Convictions:Assault, Other Violent Felony

Reported Crime Date:1989

Convicted:1990

Exonerated:2002

Sentence:5 to 15 years

Race:Black

Sex:Male

Age:16

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Amendments Violated

*5th Amendment: Protects people who are accused of crime.

*6th Amendment: Speedy and public trial.

*7th Amendment: Guarantees trail by jury in federal civil causes.

*8th Amendment: Protect against excessive bail or fines criminal cruel unusual punishment.

The five filed a $250 million lawsuit against the city in 2003, which was fiercely contested by the Bloomberg administration.

Under the deal approved by Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis on Friday, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Kevin Richardson will get $7.125 million for their years in prison, while Korey Wise, who spent 13 years behind bars, will receive $12.25 million.

5th Amendment

you have the right not to incriminate yourself. Basically if you are testifying in court and answering the question would indicate you in a crime you have the right to plead the fifth amendment allowing you not to answer the question. Also says that you can't be charged twice for a crime. I think there is something about due process and eminent domain but I am not sure.

6th Amendment


1. The right to a speedy trial – essentially, you have to be allowed to have a trial and can’t be held indefinitely without being tried for a crime.

2. Right to a public trial – a public trial insures that the proceedings of the court will be open to the public, and not be held in secret.

3. Trial by jury – you have a right to be tried by a jury of your peers. This portion of the amendment allows for a jury to be selected that is impartial, to give the fairest possible assessment of guilt or innocence.

4. Notice of accusation – this requires the court to notify you of what you are being charged with. In order to be tried, an indictment must spell out all of the specifics regarding the nature and the elements of the crime you are being accused of. This relates to the concept of "Double Jeopardy" - you can't be tried twice for a crime you have already been indicted on.

5. Confrontation – you have the right to face your accuser in court. Essentially, this means that in a trial you (or your defense counsel) have the opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses who are testifying against you. This portion also prevents, as evidence, hearsay (with a few exceptions). This disallows testimony by one witness as to what another person saw or overheard.

6. Right to counsel – this insures that the defendant is afforded the right to be represented by an attorney of his choosing, or to represent himself at trial.

7th Amendment

if you steal something or do something that approximates or is $20 or more then you have the right to have a jury try you, instead of a judge.

8th Amendment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted

References

* Central Park Five’s legal battle officially over. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/central-park-legal-battle-officially-article-1.1929270


*Antron McCray - National Registry of Exonerations. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/casedetail.aspx?caseid=3423