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Exonerated 'Central Park Five' Member Wins NYC Election

Yusef Salaam will be a member of the New York City Council

(Newser) - Exonerated "Central Park Five" member Yusef Salaam won a seat Tuesday on the New York City Council, marking a stunning reversal of fortune for a political newcomer who was wrongly imprisoned as a teenager in the infamous rape case, the AP reports. Salaam, a Democrat, will represent a central...

Central Park Five Member Wins NYC Primary

'Started from the bottom, now we here,' says Yusef Salaam, apparent winner of council seat

(Newser) - Wrongly convicted of rape as a teenager, Yusef Salaam served almost seven years in prison before he was freed in 2002. Since then, he's become a poet, author, activist—and now, apparently, a New York City councilor. Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five, appeared Tuesday to have...

Forgotten 6th Member of Central Park 5 to Be Exonerated
Forgotten 6th
Member of
Central Park 5

Forgotten 6th Member of Central Park 5 Exonerated

Steven Lopez was arrested along with 5 other Black, Latino teens in 1989

(Newser) - Update: As expected, Steven Lopez had his conviction on a charge related to the "Central Park 5" case overturned during a Monday hearing. Lopez didn't give a statement in court and left without speaking to reporters, the AP reports. “Mr. Lopez is looking for privacy at this...

Central Park Five Figure Sues Netflix Over Series

Linda Fairstein says 'When They See Us' distorts reality to depict her as a villain

(Newser) - A former New York City prosecutor who played a role in the infamous Central Park Five case is suing Netflix and director Ava DuVernay over her portrayal in a movie, reports Variety . Linda Fairstein says When They See Us falsely depicts her as a "racist, unethical villain" for her...

Netflix Gets Sued Over Central Park Five Series

Creator of Reid Technique says interrogation method was maligned in 'When They See Us'

(Newser) - A company that trains the US military and FBI on interrogations is suing Netflix, claiming its Emmy-winning docuseries on the Central Park Five misrepresents an interrogation technique. John E. Reid and Associates, founded by a former police officer who pioneered the interrogation approach known as the Reid Technique, is demanding...

Trump Won't Apologize to Central Park Five

'They admitted their guilt,' he says

(Newser) - Thirty years after he bought full-page newspaper ads calling for the return of the death penalty in the wake of the Central Park Five case, President Trump refused to apologize to the five young men exonerated in 2002—and suggested they might still be guilty. When reporter April Ryan asked...

Central Park Five Prosecutor Calls Miniseries 'Fabrication'
Central Park Five Prosecutor
Calls Out Director

Central Park Five Prosecutor Calls Out Director

Linda Fairstein says Ava DuVernay's miniseries is filled with 'distortions and falsehoods'

(Newser) - The prosecutor in New York City's Central Park Five case has issued a scathing denunciation of director Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries about the case. When They See Us is "so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication," writes Linda Fairstein in a...

Prosecutor in Central Park 5 Case Faces New Outrage

Linda Fairstein steps down from 2 positions after Netflix series on the case

(Newser) - Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein is facing a major backlash almost 30 years after she oversaw the prosecution of five wrongly accused young teenagers for the 1989 beating and rape of a jogger in Central Park. The 72-year-old resigned from Vassar College's board of trustees Tuesday after more than...

Notorious Case That Rocked NYC Gets 'Intimate' New Look

Ava DuVernay's 'When They See Us' on Netflix examines the Central Park Five

(Newser) - It was a story "big enough, terrible enough, to electrify a city grown numb to its own badness." So writes Jim Dwyer for the New York Times on the story that inspired When They See Us, a four-part Netflix movie by Ava DuVernay debuting Friday on the Central...

Mystery Writer's Previous Day Job Costs Her
Mystery Writer's Previous
Day Job Costs Her

Mystery Writer's Previous Day Job Costs Her

Group yanks prestigious award from Linda Fairstein over role in Central Park jogger case

(Newser) - "I'm pinching myself," Linda Fairstein wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning. And for good reason: The Mystery Writers of America had just bestowed on her its prestigious Grand Master honor. Just two days later, however, Fairstein was lamenting a different move by the MWA. In a first,...

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