November 25, 2002

'Self-Serving' Is Putting It Mildly

The famed sex crimes prosecutor who led the probe that nailed five teens in the Central Park jogger rape told the Daily News yesterday she is certain that the men took part in the shocking attack.

Linda Fairstein — speaking out for the first time on the 13-year-old case — said new evidence that has raised doubts about the teens' convictions doesn't mean they're innocent.

I'll let this express my sentiments on this Daily News puff stroke piece:

City Councilman Bill Perkins (D-Harlem), who has led the suspects' fight to clear their names, called Fairstein's comments about the case "self-serving."

"She should accept some accountability and responsibility, as opposed to arrogantly asserting that nothing was done wrong," Perkins said.

I can't wait till December 5th for DA Morgenthaus' response on the new evidence and revelations. Anything short of exoneration would be injustice.

UPDATE @ 10:44 — The New York Joke Post chimes in as well:

Speaking out publicly for the first time, Linda Fairstein tells The New Yorker she believes Matias Reyes was part of the wolf pack that attacked the woman on the night of April 19, 1989.

"I think Reyes ran with that pack of kids," she says. "He stayed longer when the others moved on. He completed the assault."

Ugh! I really, really need to have another Omnibus update on the case and the recent gang-mentality of the New York press as regards this case.

Posted by ronn at November 25, 2002 10:21 AM

Meanwhile, There's news that the central park jogger has an upcoming book to be published early next year entitled: The Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility. Posted by: Ray on November 26, 2002 02:07 AM
Ray, I've mentioned her book several times and can't wait to read it. I'm sure it'll be pedestrian and won't address the allegations of police and prosecutorial midsconduct. Yet, I'm interested in Meili's account of the case and what she thinks of the boys. Posted by: ronn on November 26, 2002 06:03 PM