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Lies Surrounding 'the Central Park Jogger' Case
Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jack Kerwick

Posted on 08/10/2014 8:58:40 AM PDT by Kaslin

Twenty-five years ago, Trisha Meili—“the Central Park jogger”—was a 28 year-old employee for a prestigious Manhattan investment banker when she was mercilessly beaten, raped, and left for dead by thugs.

Meili lost approximately 80 percent of her blood. Her skull was fractured to the point that her one eye had popped out of its socket. On the scale of 3 to 15 that neurologists use to gauge brain functioning, Meili’s was assigned a rating of 4. She spent nearly the next two weeks in a coma, with experts expecting her to die.

This crime became a racially explosive issue, for Meili was white and her assailants were not: Of the 30 or so minority youths that had been randomly terrorizing park dwellers, four blacks and one Hispanic confessed to having engaged in the attack on Meili. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, and Yusef Salaam were arrested, tried, convicted, and issued prison sentences.

But in 2002, long after “the Central Park Five,” as documentarian and apologist for the convicts, Ken Burns has dubbed them, had done their time, and long after the statute of limitations on the 13 year-old crime had expired, convicted serial rapist and murderer, Matias Reyes, who was already serving a life term, confessed to being Meili’s lone assailant. DNA testing confirmed that it was Matias’ semen—and his alone—that was found on Meili’s body and around the scene of the crime.

Shortly afterwards, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau prevailed upon his state’s Supreme Court to “vacate” the convictions of “the Central Park Five.” Not unsurprisingly, the latter sued the City of New York for wrongful imprisonment to the tune of $250 million.

In June, courtesy of the ever illustrious Mayor DiBlasio, “the Central Park Five” discovered that they would receive $40 million.

Not since the O.J. Simpson acquittal have we witnessed this gross a travesty of justice. Yet it’s also a travesty of intelligence, for only a fool—or perhaps a liar—could think that “the Central Park Five” were innocent of anything, much less the attack on Trisha Meili.

For starters, no one has ever disputed that the Harlem thugs had been in Central Park that fateful evening for the sole purpose of assaulting and mugging innocents (one of whom had been bludgeoned with a pipe). As is the wont of cowards, “the Five” set upon only those who they outnumbered, those who were weaker and more vulnerable. This they confessed from the moment they were in police custody.

To the present day, they have never retracted this confession.

Yet “the Five” also proceeded immediately to implicate themselves in the assault on Meili. On multiple occasions, while alone with the police as well as when they were accompanied by their adult relatives, they left no doubts about their role in this act of barbarism:

Antron McCray: “We charged her. We got her on the ground. Everybody started hitting her and stuff. She was on the ground. Everybody stompin’ and everything. Then we got, each—I grabbed one arm, some other kid grabbed one arm, and we grabbed her legs and stuff. Then we all took turns getting on her, getting on top of her.”

Kevin Richardson: “Raymond [Santana] had her arms, and Steve [Lopez] had her legs. He spread it out. And Antron [McCray] got on top, took her panties off.”

Raymond Santana: “He was smackin’ her, he was sayin’, ‘Shut up, bitch!’ Just smackin’ her…I was grabbin’ the lady’s tits.”

Kharey Wise: “This was my first rape.”

Ann Coulter reminds us that Melody Jackson, whose brother was friends with Wise, testified that the latter told her by phone while he was incarcerated at Riker’s Island that even though he didn’t’ actually rape Meili, he did restrain the victim’s legs while Kevin Richardson “fucked her.”

Jackson, incidentally, informed the police of this exchange only because she thought that it would help Wise’s case.

Coulter also notes that one of the youths apprehended by police shortly after the attack against Meili insisted—prior to being questioned—that he knew “who did the murder.” This is proof that, at the very least, the pummeling that Meili endured was witnessed by multiple people and that its severity was such that it was assumed that it was fatal.

Meili was left for dead.

But there is more.

This same punk—again, mind you, without even being asked about the attack, much less a murder—fingered none other than Antron McCray as “the murderer.”

Multiple videotaped confessions of “the Five”; the presence of semen, blood, and hair on all of the suspects; a scratch on Kevin Richardson’s neck that, in the company of his father, headmitted he received by Meili; and several witness accounts confirmed for the police that the vermin who Ken Burns would years later make into martyrs were as guilty as sin itself of initiating and facilitating an attack against Trisha Meili that nearly cost the poor woman her life.

Matias Reyes semen was the only attacker’s DNA found on Meili or at the crime scene. However, neither this nor the word of this serial rapist and murderer that he acted alone goes any distance whatsoever toward proving the innocence of “the Central Park Five.”

Police have been prevented by the District Attorney, Robert Morgenthau, who recommended that the convictions of “the Five” be vacated, from interrogating Reyes.

Linda Fairstein, the original prosecutor in this case, expressed her certainty that “the Central Park Five” are guilty. Reyes, she believes, merely finished what they had started. As for this notion that the NYPD “coerced” false confessions from the suspects, Mike Sheehan, one of the central detectives who investigated the crime, and who, in his own words, had spent decades taking “over 1,000 confessions, in 3,000 homicides,” has nothing but contempt. “All of this stuff about coercion really pisses me off,” Sheehan has said. “Do you honestly think that we—detectives with more than 20 years in, family men with pensions—would risk all of that so we could put words in the mouth of a 15 year-old kid? Absolutely not.”

Even Morgenthau concedes that no police misconduct—like coercing the teens into admitting to a crime in which they had zero involvement—ever occurred.

Now “the Central Park Five” is $40 million richer.

But the taxpayers of New York City—including the victims of the “wilding” rampage visited upon Central Park 25 years ago—have suffered a loss far greater than this.

For that matter, the fortune of “the Central Park Five” is the misfortune of all decent people.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New York
KEYWORDS: andrewcuomo; antronmccray; billdeblasio; centralparkfive; centralparkjogger; chirlanemccray; crime; kenburns; kevinrichardson; khareywise; lies; lindafairstein; matiasreyes; murder; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; raymondsantana; robertmorgenthau; trishameili; yusefsalaam

1 posted on 08/10/2014 8:58:40 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
...Ann Coulter reminds us that ...

I stopped reading at that point.

2 posted on 08/10/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Kaslin

Is it possible that the real victim could prevail in a civil case? After all, the 5 have never retracted their confessions.


3 posted on 08/10/2014 9:09:13 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I’m no lawyer, but I’ll bet the statute of limitations for a civil suit expired a long time ago.


4 posted on 08/10/2014 9:10:22 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Kaslin

The money will be gone in a heart beat and after these crap for brains come down from their high, they will be broke and too old to do any wilding. Revenge is best served cold New York. Do what the government won’t.


5 posted on 08/10/2014 9:10:35 AM PDT by shadeaud (Be strong when you are weak.)
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To: Kaslin

Liberals. Can’t live with them. Can’t live with them.


6 posted on 08/10/2014 9:12:47 AM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: Kaslin

40 million taxpayer bucks in the hands of folks who admitted they assaulted a woman.


7 posted on 08/10/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Bogey78O

That is a crime in itself, imho


8 posted on 08/10/2014 9:24:46 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: P-Marlowe
I stopped reading at that point.

*rme*

9 posted on 08/10/2014 9:27:07 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

In June, courtesy of the ever illustrious Mayor DiBlasio, “the Central Park Five” discovered that they would receive $40 million


The left loves evil and pays them well.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.


10 posted on 08/10/2014 9:31:57 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: Alberta's Child
I’m no lawyer, but I’ll bet the statute of limitations for a civil suit expired a long time ago.


Perhaps not if the civil case was based on “unfair enrichment” based on the receipt of the 40 million...

11 posted on 08/10/2014 9:38:19 AM PDT by az_gila
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Wilding pays... /s


12 posted on 08/10/2014 9:42:59 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin

Wendy Murphy goes into this case pretty well in her book “Justice for Some”


13 posted on 08/10/2014 9:45:43 AM PDT by Minsc
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To: Kaslin

I’m sure to Deblasio, a liberal turd if ever there was one, this waas just the oppressed black people lashing out against the evil white oppressor woman, and therefore nothing wrong.

IMO the victim or someone in the victims family should find these vermin and give them the justice they deserve.

Like they say “no justice no peace”


14 posted on 08/10/2014 9:51:06 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Orwell's writings were meant as warnings, but to the left they are instruction manuals.)
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Comment #15 Removed by Moderator

All contributions are for the current quarter expenses.


FReepathon day 40.

Two percent a day keeps the 404 away.

16 posted on 08/10/2014 9:56:18 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Kaslin

This is why we have vigilantes.


17 posted on 08/10/2014 9:58:04 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Kaslin

“This crime became a racially explosive issue, for Meili was white and her assailants were not:”

Interesting that that was ever even reported because these days when this kind of stuff happens (and it happens fairly frequently) the press just covers up the race of the perps.

And of course if it were white youths attacking a black woman (something which never really happens) the media would be screaming from the rooftops about what a racist country America is and how “we haven’t come very far” since the days of segregation et al.


18 posted on 08/10/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Orwell's writings were meant as warnings, but to the left they are instruction manuals.)
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To: Kaslin

The Neu Yuk Shity populace is so collectivist/communist as to be inconceivable to one from America who happens into the place.

The only reason this case “reversal” is happening is to make a laughable attempt to paint America as “racist” because the rapists were black and the victim was white.

Add in a commie mayor elected by the Neu Yuck Shityites and it becomes immediately apparent the place needs immediate quarantine.


19 posted on 08/10/2014 9:59:14 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: pallis

“This is why we have vigilantes.”

Agreed and when liberals (who love criminals and could care less about victims of crime, especially racial crimes against whites) are in charge we’ll need them even more.

No justice no peace.


20 posted on 08/10/2014 10:01:34 AM PDT by Cubs Fan (Orwell's writings were meant as warnings, but to the left they are instruction manuals.)
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To: P-Marlowe
Why?

FMCDH(BITS)

21 posted on 08/10/2014 11:08:51 AM PDT by nothingnew (Hemmer and MacCullum are the worst on FNC)
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To: Linda Frances

I would love to follow this money to see how much of it flows back to deBlasio.


22 posted on 08/10/2014 11:14:06 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Kaslin

From the moment I read that the DNA “prioved” these guys innocent I was extremely dubious that justice had been served.


23 posted on 08/10/2014 11:44:59 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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