Tag: Central Park Jogger Case (1989)

Central Park Five: Trump Will Not Apologize for Calling for Death Penalty in 1989

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] President Trump said on Tuesday that he would not apologize for his harsh comments in 1989 about the Central Park Five, the five black and Latino men who as teenagers were wrongly convicted of the brutal rape of a […]

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Remember That the Prosecution of the Central Park Five Failed Women, Too

Linda Fairstein and Elizabeth Lederer have taken some punches of late. In 1989, Ms. Fairstein was the head of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit during the notorious case of the so-called Central Park Five — the five black and Hispanic boys who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for gang-raping and almost killing the […]

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Review: ‘The Central Park Five’ Turns Injustice Into Opera

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Opera lends stature to its characters. (Even to its villains.) It expands their scope; it ennobles them. This can cause problems when the art form turns to recent history and its contentious figures. It was the main objection to the title character in John Adams’s “Nixon in China” and to the […]

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Elizabeth Lederer, Prosecutor of Central Park Five, Resigns From Columbia Law

ImageThe prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer leaving criminal court at the lunch break, after presenting her summation in the Central Park jogger case.CreditNancy Siesel/The New York Times Elizabeth Lederer, the lead prosecutor in the Central Park jogger case, which resulted in the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino boys, said on Wednesday that she would not […]

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Linda Fairstein Attacks Her Portrayal in ‘When They See Us’

Linda Fairstein, a former prosecutor who has been the focus of public outrage since Netflix began streaming a series based on the Central Park Five case, has criticized the show in an op-ed as “so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication.” Since “When They See Us” began airing on May […]

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Linda Fairstein Dropped by Her Publisher After TV Series on the Central Park 5

Linda Fairstein, a prominent sex-crimes prosecutor who became a successful crime novelist, was dropped by her publisher this week after a Netflix mini-series renewed focus on her role in the wrongful conviction of five teenagers for a brutal rape. Since the series, “When They See Us,” premiered last week, Ms. Fairstein, 72, has been the […]

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It’s the Last Weekend to Visit MoMA Before It Closes for Renovations

Weather: An ideal summer Friday (even though it is still spring), with plenty of sun and a high near 78. Expect similar conditions over the weekend. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday, then suspended through Monday (Shavuot). ImageCreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times It’s a chance for the Museum of Modern Art to, well, […]

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Linda Fairstein, Once Cheered, Faces Storm After ‘When They See Us’

For much of her life, Linda Fairstein was widely viewed as a law enforcement hero. As one of the first leaders of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit, later the inspiration for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” she became one of the best known prosecutors in the country. She went on to a […]

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Why the Central Park Five Matter

Weather: Sunny but not humid, with a high near 70. Prepare for strong winds midafternoon. Alternate-side parking: In effect today, then suspended Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Eid al-Fitr. ImageAunjanue Ellis and Ethan Herisse in “When They See Us,” a Netflix mini-series.CreditAtsushi Nishijima/Netflix The story was first told in blaring newspaper headlines and television sound […]

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The Central Park Five: ‘We Were Just Baby Boys’

One morning earlier this month, a group of 10 men and teenage boys gathered for a photo shoot in a small studio on the Lower East Side. The overall mood was chill; as the music of Nipsey Hussle, 50 Cent and Wale filled the room, they chatted amiably in between shots, laughing, joking and moving […]

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How a City in Fear Brutalized the Central Park Five

This is a story of the biggest story of its day, a crime that set a high-water mark for depravity, an urban atrocity that caused existential hand-wringing for America’s biggest city. It was a story that — over 30 years — changed from solid to liquid to gas, all but vanishing. “When They See Us,” […]

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