Sex, Race, and Wrongful Conviction

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In the late 1980s, a white woman was raped and beaten so severely that she could not identify her attackers. As fear and outrage gripped the city, police investigators focused on Black teen suspects.

Interrogation produced "confessions" which led to convictions and years of imprisonment.

Subsequent investigation, however, revealed the defendants were innocent and the "confessions" were false.

If you are thinking about the April 1989 brutal attack on Trisha Ellen Meili in New York's Central Park, notoriously known as the "Central Park Jogger" case, in which five young defendants were falsely accused and imprisoned, think again.

The facts . . .

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