News 09.10.14

Judge Signs off on $41 Million Settlement with “Central Park Five”

Nearly three months after

Antron McCray


Kevin Richardson


Yusef Salaam


Raymond Santana

, and

Korey Wise

— known as the “Central Park Five”— agreed to a settlement of $41 million from New York City to finally bring an end to their decade-long civil rights battle, a judge signed off on the settlement last Friday.


Then teenagers, the group was wrongfully convicted of raping and assaulting a female jogger in New York City’s Central Park more than two decades ago. They were exonerated by DNA evidence and freed from prison in 2002 and filed a $250 million civil rights lawsuit the following year.


The New York Times reports that under the settlement McCray, Richardson, Salaam and Santana will each receive $7.125 million, and Wise, who was the oldest when the group was convicted and spent the longest time in prison, will collect $12.25 million. According to the Times, the settlement refutes the city being remotely at fault.


Salaam sat down with Huffington Post Live on Monday and called the settlement “a bittersweet type of justice.” Watch the full interview and read more from the Times.


Read the entire New York Times article



Watch the Huffington Post Live interview with Yusef Salaam


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