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‘Central Park Five’ a lesson in injustice

IFC Films/Sundance Selects

The moment in the classroom involves one of the suspects, Korey Wise. By the time it arrives, we know that each of the boys has confessed to the crime and that the confessions were made under duress and were false. We know this because the suspects, now men in their 30s, have separately relived the whole experience for us. We know this because the manner in which the film revives the case leaves little doubt of their innocence, at least in the rape case. They each were in the park that night, in a group of 30 or so boys, some of whom were troublemakers. But they were in an area of the park some distance from where Trisha Meili, the runner, was assaulted. We know this because the man who actually committed the crime came forward a few years ago; and DNA testing confirmed his claim.

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