Trump Won't Apologize For Calling For Death Penalty On Central Park 5

Clay Curtis
June 19, 2019

President Donald Trump again declined to apologise for promoting false accusations against five black and Latino teenagers convicted and then later exonerated of the 1989 rape of a jogger in New York City.

AURN White House correspondent April Ryan confronted President Donald Trump over the exonerated Central Park Five, but Trump refused to apologize for his past demands that they be executed, claiming that "They admitted their guilt".

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement Tuesday that the men "were wrongfully convicted and what happened to them was an injustice". "If you look at [former prosecutor] Linda Fairstein, you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case, so we'll leave it at that".

The five teenagers were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for gang-raping and almost killing Meili.

Trump's 1989 ad proclaimed in bolded, all-caps lettering: "BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY".

In 1989, Trump placed full-page advertisements in four New York City newspapers, including The New York Times, calling for the state to adopt the death penalty for killers.

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New York City reached a roughly $41-million USA settlement with the five without admitting wrongdoing.

Fairstein has continued to defend her role in the prosecutions and cast aspersions on the innocence of the five. "He completed the assault".

Despite telling the court that their confessions had been coerced by law enforcement, the teenagers spent six to 13 years in prison for the crime.

Trump has said as recently as 2016 that the five men were guilty.

"Ms. DuVernay's film attempts to portray me as an overzealous prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them", she wrote.

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