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Legally Insane - The Law is Funny


Jun 13, 2019

The Central Park jogger case was a criminal case based on the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a white woman who was jogging in the park the night of April 19th, 1989. Four African American teenagers and one Hispanic teenager that were in the park that night were accused of the crime. The prosecution based their case on the alleged coerced testimony of the teenage boys. The 5 boys were convicted and received sentences ranging from 5-15 years. During the trial Donald Trump wrote and article calling for the death penalty, for criminals who commit these types of crimes. Today Matt and Tony are going to be breaking down the case and analyzing Trump’s influence on the effect of the outcome of the case.

 

Highlights:

  • The alleged coerced testimonies by the teens
  • Lead pipes and plumbers gear
  • The teens were held without food and bathroom breaks
  • Conformational bias
  • Spinning the story to fit a variety of narratives

 

The Takeaway – The evidence was not strong enough to convict these kids.

 

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