New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio already has plans to handle one of the city’s most notorious cases, The Central Park Five.
PIX11 reports the new mayor succeeding Michael Bloomberg plans to settle the $250 million lawsuit the men filed against NYC a decade ago. Whether $250 million will be paid in full is unknown, but PIX11 says a sum that large could cripple the city.
Five black and Latino teens were convicted of a Central Park jogger's rape in 1989. In 2002, after serving between six and 13 years in prison the men were exonerated of all charges due to new evidence proving a previously convicted rapist was the culprit.
The men filed a lawsuit in 2003 for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination and emotional distress. Ten years later justice has not been served.
In 2012 filmmaker Ken Burns' documentary, The Central Park Five, detailed the controversial case.
According to The Grio, Burns was quoted saying, “Bill de Blasio, the mayor-elect, has agreed to settle this case. And though, this is justice delayed way too long, we feel that eventually, the [Central Park Five] will not only be exonerated…but they will have justice, they will see some more closure, they will be able to made whole."
Reps for the mayor-elect and Public Advocate office have referred inquiries about Burns’ comment to Bill de Blasio's statement made in January as a mayoral candidate.
“As a city, we have a moral obligation to right this injustice. It is in our collective interest—the wrongly accused, their families and the taxpayer—to settle this case and not let another year slip by without action.”