October 16, 2002

Thirteen Years Late, Several Convictions Later

Clergy Urge Reversal In Jogger Case

Clergy, elected officials and community leaders on Tuesday demanded that Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau overturn the convictions of the five men accused in the rape of a Central Park jogger 13 years ago.

Morgenthau has said the case might be dismissed on a legal technicality with tensions mounting with NOW and other community groups staging separate protests at his Lower Manhattan office and City Hall.

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Council Deputy Majority Leader(D-Harlem) and Councilman Hiram Mosserrate(D-Elmhurst) led a protest rally on the steps of City Hall saying new evidence, and not the technicality, warranted the dismissal.

Posted by ronn at October 16, 2002 12:51 AM

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