December 19, 2002

One Last Desparate Act Before Freedom

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

It looks as if the Judge went ahead and overturned the convictions against the young men ... Finally. Posted by: Antonio G on December 19, 2002 11:20 AM
about fuckin' time yo!!* Posted by: RL on December 19, 2002 05:32 PM
Yeah, but it's a small, teeny-tiny baby step. When civil suits are considered, I hope the guys will go after the invididual players responsible for this miscarriage of justice. Especially Linda Fairstein and Roberto Arroyo and Mike Sheehan. Posted by: ronn on December 19, 2002 05:38 PM
You can be sure that with the civil suits to come we'll be hearing about this for years to come. The CP 5 will win, once again. Posted by: Ray on December 19, 2002 06:20 PM
Ray, If the city is smart, the civil suits will never reach a jury. There's too much to be exposed and careers are in jeopardy for those still working in the DA's office and for the NYPD. That won't stop the loud mouths from commenting with their distortions and outright lies though. Posted by: ronn on December 20, 2002 06:52 AM
Good point. Posted by: Ray on December 20, 2002 10:53 PM