A state judge is expected today to vacate the convictions of five men in the Central Park jogger attack but the police detectives' union said it will ask an appeals court to stop him.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Tejada will issue a written decision at a 10:30a.m. hearing, said court spokesman David Bookstaver.
Bookstaver refused to discuss the ruling further. But on Dec. 5, prosecutors told the judge they believed the verdicts should be overturned.
"I expect the judge to do the right thing," said defense lawyer Eric Seiff.
But Michael Paladino, the vice president of the 15,000-member Detectives' Endowment Association, said the union's lawyers would go to court to seek an injunction at 9:30 a.m. today.
It's ridiculous of the Det's Union to even consider the court injunction. They should finally see the light: they were a part and parcel of the railroad justice in this case. Lawyers for the Central Park 5 should file civil suits against the NYPD and Manhattan DA's office immediately.
Posted by ronn at December 19, 2002 09:09 AM