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Friday, October 25

 
Another Day, Another Shocking Admission

NY Times: Hair Evidence in Jogger Case Is Discredited

"You can't say `match,' " Mr. Petraco said. "It's impossible. You could never say it `matched.' It's ridiculous."

Persecutor Elizabeth Lederer went out of her way to link Richardson and Lopez to the jogger; In doing so, she went beyond the DA's hair expert and indeed, knowingly mistated the evidence.

posted by ronn taylor | 10/25/2002 08:36:05 AM


Thursday, October 24

 
I posted a link some time ago about Appeals Court Judge Vito Titone's lone dissenting opinion in Yusef Salaam's failed petition to have his conviction thrown out. Thankfully Jimmy Breslin wrote about it recently in his Newsday column so I don't have to track it down:

Herewith is the lone dissenting opinion of Judge Vito Titone of the State Court of Appeals on the appeal of Yusef Salaam, one of five youths convicted of raping and badly beating a young woman who was running through Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989. Titone's opinion, written in 1993, suddenly is of overwhelming significance today and therefore I read and report it to you promptly and thus prominently.

He also wrote a scathing piece about Donald Trump’s racist, inflammatory ads at the time of the media hype:

Trump was seen yesterday on television in McDonald's commercials. Here he is, dead on the screen, with hair of swirled cement and strange color, and with a bad chin. That's up to the director. But his record shows he ran full-page newspaper ads that inflamed a city over race when the jogger was attacked. If McDonald's likes its Trump commercials then send them a message. Stay out.

posted by ronn taylor | 10/24/2002 07:55:25 PM


Wednesday, October 23

 
Andrea Peyser continues to be a stupid, clueless, racist jackass:

Not So Fast On Clearing Jogger 5

A prosecutor who watched five youths confess to the 1989 rape and beating of the Central Park jogger has one thing to say about the mob that wants to clear them:

"Those confessions were good."

This prosecutor doesn’t have the conjones to go on record with that assertion! If my rep was threatened, I would not hide behind a lame ass columnist’s hit piece to defend my work.

A group of loudmouths, most notably Al Sharpton, is going wilding against our justice system on behalf of five young men convicted in the attack.

Lovely tactic of putting Rev. Al in the picture. Clueless white racists do it every time. Him, or Farrakhan, or David Dinkins. I’m not kidding with that last one either. And notice how she included "wilding." What she lacks in factual documentation she makes up in creativity.

It seems this city is sentenced to repeat the year 1989 - when ultraviolent youths ruled the parks after dark and self-promoting politicians ruled the airwaves by day. And truth was an inconvenience.

Dumb ass! Try looking in a mirror!!!

A familiar crew that now includes the National Organization for Women is getting maximum exposure by advancing the claim that the confessions of the Jogger 5 - given in the presence of parents as the victim languished in a coma - were coerced by racist cops.

Nonsense.

Stupid Cracka! Does she realize that NOW-NYC was part of the original lynch mob atmosphere that denied justice to the Central Park 5?! She can repeat the line that all five confessed in the presence of their parents all she wants. It’s a lie. The teens were prepped for their “confessions” long before their parents were allowed to sit with them. They were lied to, cajoled and Kharey Wise says in his second taped statement that he was verbally and physically assaulted. Funny how that’s overlooked. Yusef Salaam never confessed. The written statement purported to be his is a joke. It’s not signed and doesn’t make a bit of sense. Det. Sheehan and Lederer and Fairstein came up with that clueless bit after they realized they were caught with their pants down.

Let’s jump ahead towards the end. My lack of coffee will cause me to hurt somebody or something.

Thirteen years ago, the same racist crew wanted to exonerate the Jogger 5 - and bashed the victim - based solely on skin color.

This time around, there is DNA evidence that shows another man, Matias Reyes, raped the jogger. One problem: Reyes' involvement does not prove the others innocent.

"My experience with a gang rape is that some can't get it up," said the prosecutor.

That does not mean they didn't participate.

Again, name names. Peyser doesn’t seem the quiet, cowering type. If she has proof that a “racist crew” “bashed the victim,” name the damn names. It didn’t happen so she can’t name names. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there was more than one rapist: Matias Reyes. Not a single hair, no DNA, no blood, nothing but those tainted, contradictory “confessions.” And questioning the manhood of the framed teens is juvenile.

The youths' confessions also contained intricate details about several other random assaults carried out in the park the night the jogger was raped. But no one denies the veracity of those confessions.

No one? Yusef Salaam and his family have been denying his involvement from day one. The mugging/bashing victims couldn’t identify any perps when taken to the police precinct. The only connection, again, was the confessions coerced from the teens. Confessions that don’t include Salaam or Steven Lopez who was originally designated the “ringleader” of the rape and never charged for said crime.

The prosecutor theorizes that Reyes dragged off the jogger and raped her after the rest of the pack was through.

Peyser, you’re one clueless bitch! If that were the case, their DNA would be present all over. The fact that semen from Reyes and Meili’s boyfriend was matched proves that the Central Park 5 did not rape her before or after Reyes. Otherwise, some DNA material, at least one hair from one of the teens would have been present. There is no blood evidence to support such an obsurd claim. Only white racist hate would continue to perpetrate that claim.

But that probability is inconvenient to those such as Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields and Councilman Bill Perkins, who are pushing to vacate the guilty verdicts without investigation.

That's mob rule.

Without investigation? The DA has had this case in review since at least January. There have been two delays granted to Morgenthau. Delays that won’t change the outcome of the review: Reyes was the sole rapist and the Central Park 5 were framed, plain and simple. To continue this myth of an attack prior to or subsequent to Reyes would be White Denial/Hate. I can’t mince words in the face of such stupidity.

posted by ronn taylor | 10/23/2002 05:18:34 PM

 
via Aaron:

Trump Draws Criticism for Ad He Ran After Jogger Attack

Carol Taylor, a writer and demonstrator at the recent rallies {and no known relation}, was not surprised at Mr. Trump's recent comments. "Of course he won't apologize, because he's a rich white colorist male who is wallowing in the unearned privilege of his white skin color," she said. On Monday, she held a sign that said: "Donald Trump, don't be a chump. For dissing black boys so bad, where's your full-page apology ad?"

A protest is planned near the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown on Sunday. "I'll be there. I think I'll make my sign bigger," Ms. Taylor said.

Mr. Trump shrugged off the planned protest. "I don't mind if they picket. I like pickets."

posted by ronn taylor | 10/23/2002 03:45:26 PM

 
Big Ass Update

I’m already falling behind and don’t want to delay posting updates about the case. So here’s a big ass update from several news articles and columns posted in the past week. I will write about how much of a cunt jackass Andrea Peyser is in a later posting.

Newsday columnist Sheryl McCarthy follows up on an earlier story:

Race, Gender Issues Collide in the Jogger Case

[...] It seems ironic that feminists are raising the issue of whether the defendants got justice, since back in 1990 their main concern was the victim. During the trials, when the young men's defenders claimed that they were being framed because of their race, that in an emotionally overheated climate, there'd been a rush to judgment, women's groups replied that rape, not race, was the issue.

Now they admit that race was an issue in this case and that its presence may have helped to deny justice to both the victim and the accused.

"Given all the new information that's come out around this case, we felt it was important for feminists to make a statement," Fran Luck, coordinator of the Street Harassment Project, told me.

"We were very angry at what's starting to look, at the very least, like bungling by the DA's office, both in terms of the real and terrible injustice done to the five young men who were tried and convicted. . . and the fact that investigations that aren't thorough, that may be media driven, may be career driven, and are driven by racial profiling . . . all of this doesn't help protect women against rapists."

This also caught my eye in the column:

[...] The press and the police fueled a vision of dark hoards swooping down from Harlem to rape white women and steal white wallets.

Now that the case against the teenagers is disintegrating, it's clear that the kind of miscarriage of injustice that occured in Depression-era Alabama, when nine black men were wrongly convicted of raping two white prostitutes, could still happen in 1990s New York.

Not that the feminists were totally wrong in 1990. They knew that rape victims were usually blamed for what happened to them, and their need to defend the rights of rape victims was completely understandable. But there's also "this whole terrible history of black men being railroaded on totally racist grounds, with rape being used," Luck said.

Can't remember where I read it, but someone inclined to believe that the teens were railroaded took exception to some of the statments and/or tactics "supporters" of the boys made/engaged in. She (my memory is faulty right now, but I believe it was a woman blogger) thought they needed to be reprimanded by other People of Color. While I understand her sentiments, it's wrongheaded. Should wealthy white people apologize for the hostile environment Donald Trump's race-baiting ads caused at the time? What about Jews? Do they claim responsibility for the racist hostility and hatred engendered in Ed Koch's venomous remarks at the time?

The point of McCarthy’s column?

Yes, the jogger case was about rape. But it was also about race. And we're seeing firsthand what happens when the two collide, distorting reality in the process.

Also in Newsday, Leonard Levitt is Eyeing the Law's Role in Jogger Case.

Too bad he starts off with incorrect assertions:

Thirteen years after five black teenagers were convicted of raping a white female jogger in Central Park...

Informed followers of the case will note that three of the Black teens (McCray, Richardson and Salaam) were convicted of rape along with Latino Raymond Santana. Wise was convicted on a single sexual abuse charge.

I do appreciate the article's comments from Eric Adams as they are pretty close to my own sentiments:

Eric Adams, a police lieutenant who heads 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, is only one of many voices asking how the five teenagers were convicted, given the lack of physical evidence at the time and the fact that investigators have now determined that another man committed the rape.

"I think those boys committed a crime in Central Park by committing assaults or even robbing somebody," Adams said. "But often, some of us in law enforcement believe, 'So what if they are not the right guys, they are just as guilty.' When it comes to a person of color, often, when they cannot find a person guilty, anyone will do. History will bare this out."

But don't hold your breath waiting for an independent investigation.

While as a public servant Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is probably as good as it gets, he is in his third decade and doesn't easily relinquish power.

I have no admiration for DA Morgenthau given his inaction when justice cries out and because of his long history of ignoring People of Color and their rights. At 83, Comatose Bob has served long past his prime.

But he isn't the only one that should face tough questions about their role in the frameup:

Was Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer influenced into acquiescing to the admissions because of the overheated racial rhetoric of the time? Recall that the jogger rape occurred just two years after the Rev. Al Sharpton came forward with the Tawana Brawley hoax that she had been raped by a group of white men. Or that the Amsterdam News, in violation of an unwritten journalistic practice, published the rape victim's name, the city's only media outlet to do so.

"The public is not aware that the confession process is not [a] single event where a person says, 'I did or did not do an act,'" Adams said. "It occurs in phases. The first phase is the questioning phase, then verbal acknowledgment, ending in the tape-recording process. An interrogation can wear down the best. We catch a lot of bad guys, but if used improperly, you can put an innocent person in jail.

"Sometimes they intentionally or accidentally give suspects information of a crime during interrogations to fit the puzzle," he said. "If the detectives did this, the prosecutor is supposed to be there for checks and balances.

"What raised our concern at the time when you looked at the confessions was that there was no physical evidence. None of the boys put themselves doing the crime. They indicated that they didn't understand that what they admitted to was a crime. ... They did not understand 'acting in concert' is a crime. They all pointed to the next guy.

"There were also contradictions such as that one had intercourse, yet there was no physical evidence. Another indicated he removed her bra when it wasn't removed. When you hear all those contradictions, any good investigator will realize something is wrong with this case."

I won't dignify the swipe at Rev. Al with a reply, nor comment on the "violation of an unwritten journalistic practice" supposedly committed by the AmNews. Patricia Meili renders the latter point moot — IMHO — as she is publishing a book about her ordeal and there are rumors that copies of the uncorrected proof will ship to reviewers and media very soon.

The "Bullshit Quote of the Month" goes to:

This investigation will be fair, impartial and complete. We all have a right to expect justice and I intend to see that justice prevails.
Robert "Comatose Bob" Morgenthau, Manhattan District Attorney

What appears to have happened in this case thirteen years ago was anything but justice prevailing in a fair, impartial and complete manner. Not for the Central Park 5, the jogger, or even Matias Reyes and (especially) his subsequent victims.

(You can read all about the rift in the DA's office in the last three paragraphs. Don't want to touch it as I've already been accused of making shit up.)

Finally, several people have posted to this pretty intriguing and engrossing Village Voice article:

Rage Before Race by Rivka Gewirtz Little

Thirteen years after the teens were convicted, DNA evidence and a confession to the crime by Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist behind bars, indicate a strong possibility that the five accused—who walked into prison as boys and emerged years later as men—would have been a worthy cause for any left activist group to champion. In the jogger case, no one even considered their five mothers a cause for feminists, though with little money or proper representation, they saw their sons railroaded, and the media portrayed them as out-of-control ghetto mamas.

Nothing further to add to the article that hasn’t already been commented on (nicely) by others.

posted by ronn taylor | 10/23/2002 01:06:07 PM


Monday, October 21

 
I hope to have regular updates starting late tonight and throughout the week.

posted by ronn taylor | 10/21/2002 01:39:01 PM


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