Middle East

The sixth boy charged in the Central Park Jogger case in 1989 is falsely accused | Crime News

A New York judge said Steven Lopez’s plea in connection with the infamous case was involuntary and unconstitutional.

Accomplice Central Park FiveA group of black and Latin teenagers, whose infamous 1989 Jogger Rape conviction in New York City was abandoned more than a decade later, overturned his conviction on related charges.

A New York judge accused Steven Lopez on Monday in response to requests from both Lopez’s lawyers and prosecutors.

Lopez was first nominated in a complaint along with five other blacks and Latin teenagers in a night rape, and his horrific injuries were the subject of sensational media coverage of investment banker Trisha Mairi. I was 15 years old when I tried to murder him.

Lopez later pleaded guilty to robbing a male jogger the same night in a deal with a prosecutor alleging that his allegations of involvement in the attack on Meili were withdrawn, and for a year and a half to four and a half years. Was sentenced to. State prison.

Judge Ellen Biben of the New York Supreme Court agreed on Monday with a petition by the Manhattan Attorney General and Lopez’s lawyer to revoke the petition Lopez entered at the age of 17. statement.

Lopez was sentenced to one and a half to four and a half years in a state prison [Steven Hirsch/Pool via Reuters]

“What happened to you was a serious injustice and an American injustice,” lawyer Eric Shapiro Lopez, who was not yet born when the client was charged, told Lopez in court. “They say that the delay in justice was denied. It’s a shame I had to wait thirty years.”

Lopez, whose long beard was gray, seemed to have tears in his eyes.

Monday’s decision closes another chapter in a symbolic case Excessive judiciary In the United States Race profiling Both Law enforcement agency And the misconduct of police officers forcing confessions from the press, and innocent people.

Meili was beaten and left dead. The attack was featured in local media as a symbol of a surge in crime rates in New York City in the 1980s. In news articles, boys arrested by the New York Police Department were often referred to as animals.

Decades before he became president Donald TrumpA prominent real estate developer at the time advertised all pages in city newspapers, calling for the execution of boys.

The convictions of five boys were then overturned in 2002, after evidence that the convicted serial rape criminal and murderer Matthias Rays led to the attack. The prosecutor who examined the case concluded a teenager’s confession after several hours of cross-examination. Was badly flawed..

“Comparing the statements reveals a nasty contradiction,” they wrote in court documents at the time. “The explanations given by the five defendants differed from each other with respect to the specific details of virtually all major aspects of the crime.”

Steven Lopez hugging his lawyer in court.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg told the court that there was no physical evidence linking Lopez to the attack on either Jogger. [Steven Hirsch/Pool via Reuters]

Anthrone McRae, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Youssef Salaam (now known as the Exempted Five) have filed a proceeding against the city. $ 41 million in 2014..

Lopez was not part of the proceeding, and his story has often been overlooked in reports of his previous accomplice’s immunity.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg told the court that there was no physical evidence linking Lopez to either jogger attack and the witness statement nominating him was withdrawn. That, coupled with Lopez’s youth at the time, made his plea involuntary, Bragg said.

“Mr. Lopez, we wish you peace and healing,” the judge said after dismissing the indictment.

“Thank you,” Lopez replied, his only statement in court.

When Lopez stood up and waved the prosecutor’s hand, the judge said, “It’s very ordered.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/25/sixth-boy-charged-in-1989-central-park-jogger-case-is-exonerated The sixth boy charged in the Central Park Jogger case in 1989 is falsely accused | Crime News

Back to top button