Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York City Hall
New York, New York 10007
Re: The Central Park 5
Seeks Economic Justice
Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
I am a resident of New York and a tax paying citizen of the US. I am asking for your support
in the civil case involving the Central Park 5. As you probably know, 5 young men were prosecuted and convicted for the rape of a jogger in Central Park. Prosecutors used our tax dollars to prosecute and convict 5 boys (now men) who have served time and have since had their convictions set aside. These young men had their education interrupted and their whole lives turned upside down because of this case.
When the real rapist stepped up and confessed his guilt the convictions were set aside. His DNA matched the samples taken at the scene of the crime, which further proved the innocence of the 5 boys, now men.
Instead of giving an apology for their judicial misconduct and coerced confessions, and offering economic justice for their wrong doing, City prosecutors are doing everything possible to delay the civil case which the boys and their families were forced to bring. More of our tax dollars are being wasted because prosecutors won't admit they were wrong.
We are asking that you do everything within your power to stop prosecutors from engaging in delays in the civil court. Although you were not the mayor at the time, surely if you would speak on the subject and demand justice for these boys, it would make a difference. The boys, now men, and their families deserve an apology and economic justice for the pain and hardship caused by the City and State. Justice delayed is justice denied.
We've witnessed you standing up for what you know is right and we're asking you to do it again in the case of the Central Park 5. If you need more information on the case, watch the movie produced by Ken Burns or read the book by his daughter Sarah Burns. The world is watching how citizens of this great country respond to injustice.
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