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Three men exonerated in the 1989 Central Park Jogger case: Yusef Salaam, left, Kevin Richardson, second left, and Raymond Santana, right, in 2012. Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP

Editor’s Note: With the release of Netflix’s miniseries “When They See Us,” there is renewed interest in the criminal prosecution in the assault of the Central Park jogger. So, we’re sharing this letter to the editor that we posted in July of 2018.

Good people sometimes do bad things, and when a wrong is identified, the hope is that an acknowledgment will be made.  So we are reminded in reading the July 20  Law Journal report of the release of long concealed documents relating to the destructive prosecution of five teenagers swept up in the aftermath of the brutal assault on a jogger in Central Park in 1989.  When confronted with additional facts, former District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau assigned one of his most talented aides to re-investigate the long-closed case, which led to his publicly joining in with the defense motion to set aside the convictions and, importantly, dismiss the indictments.  Notwithstanding the dismissals, and an accumulation of evidence supporting that resolution, former sex crimes bureau chief, Linda Fairstein, continues to insist that these wrongfully prosecuted youngsters should have been convicted.

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