Nov. 9 – Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
On April 19, 1989, a woman jogger was found raped and beaten in New York’s Central Park. Within 48 hours, police obtained confessions from five teens ranging in age from 14 to 16. These confessions formed the heart of the prosecution’s case, since the victim could not identify anyone and no forensic evidence linked the five defendants to the crime. The confessions were found admissible and all five defendants were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms.