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1 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... New York EVENTS NYC CRIME BRONX BROOKLYN QUEENS News UPTOWN Politics EDUCATION Sports WEATHER Entertainment OBITUARIES Opinion NEW YORK PICS EXCLUSIVE: Central Park Five seek an additional $52 million after reaching $41 million settlement for wrongful imprisonment in 1989 rape of jogger The five men who were wrongfully jailed for the 1986 rape of a Central Park jogger are pursuing $52 million in damages from the state in the Court of Claims after winning a landmark $41 million settlement from the city. Myron Beldock, attorney for four of the five men, dismissed any notion that the group had already pocketed enough taxpayer money. BY BARBARA ROSS, STEPHEN REX BROWN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:30 AM A AA SHARE THIS URL nydn.us/1vztne3 1 of , 8:24 AM

2 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... D DIPASUPIL/GETTY IMAGES The Central Park Five seek a new payout after New York City settled case for $41 million. After winning a landmark $41 million settlement from the city, the Central Park Five are looking to make New York State pay even more for their time behind bars, the Daily News has learned. The quintet, wrongfully jailed for years in the 1989 rape and assault of a jogger, are now pursuing $52 million in damages from the state in the Court of Claims. Their individual claims were reactivated after the deal with the city was approved in Manhattan Federal Court in September. MARIELA LOMBARD FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Korey Wise (in brown jacket) seeks $20 million in state Court of Claims. Wise already won $12,250,000 in Federal court. Defendant Raymond Santana, who spent nearly seven years in prison, said the 2 of , 8:24 AM

3 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... second round of suits was warranted. When you have a person who has been exonerated of a crime, the city provides no services to transition him back to society, Santana told The News. The only thing left is something like this so you can receive some type of money so you can survive. Criminal charges against Santana, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise were dropped in 2002 after career criminal Matias Reyes confessed to the crime and insisted that he acted alone. CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS Kevin Richardson seeks $8 million in state Court of Claims. Richardson already won $7.125 million in Federal Court. Reyes DNA was recovered from the savagely-beaten jogger but never identified until he confessed. The CP5 spent between six and 13 years in prison, with Wise serving the longest. All were just teenagers when convicted. At the end of the day there was an injustice that occurred, and we want to right 3 of , 8:24 AM

4 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... these wrongs and that's at all levels, federal or state, Santana said. JOE MARINO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Raymond Santana (left) with former New York City Councilman Charles Barron (right). Santana seeks $8 million in state Court of Claims. He already won $7.125 million in Federal court. Myron Beldock, attorney for four of the five men, dismissed any notion that the group had already pocketed enough taxpayer money. It's not a double dip, he said. Although our clients got substantial payments, we don't think it was sufficient for their lawsuits. How much is a year in jail worth in a child's life? State courts have ruled the wrongfully convicted can sue in both courts because they are suing for different reasons: In federal court for civil rights violations, and in state court for the economic and emotional devastation caused by 4 of , 8:24 AM

5 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... incarceration. Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, signaled that his boss like Mayor de Blasio was inclined to settle. Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to protecting the rights of the wrongfully convicted, and to helping individuals obtain justice and put their lives back together again, Mittenthal said. MALCOLM CLARKE/AP Yusef Salaam, seen in this 1990 photo, seeks $8 million in state Court of Claims. Salaam already won $7.125 million in Federal court. We expect to meet with attorneys for the five men, and look forward to discussing a potential settlement to resolve their claims. When the Court of Claims cases were filed in 2004, then-attorney General Eliot Spitzer opposed the suit. The future love gov noted in part that the law does not allow for compensation for people whose confessions helped lead to their convictions as happened in the jogger case. Schneiderman proposed changing the law to allow such claims earlier this year, but no action was taken on his proposal. A source close to the case, as well as lawyers familiar with such claims, say the likely state settlement will be significantly less than the cash they received from the city. Attorney Irving Cohen, who estimated he's handled more Court of Claims cases for wrongful convictions than any other lawyer in the state, said Claims judges have a rule of thumb for emotional damages: $150,000 to $200,000 for each year incarcerated. But attorney Joel Rudin said the federal settlement in the case against the city 5 of , 8:24 AM

6 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Front page of the Daily News April 23, Front page of the Daily News June 20, IFCFILMSTUBE VIA YOUTUBE 6 of , 8:24 AM

7 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... COURTESY CORDELL CLEARE Rally in support of Central Park Five Feb urging the city to settle their 10-year-old civil rights lawsuit. will likely weigh heavily on Judge Alan Marin, who would rule in the case. Juries are not used in the Court of Claims. It seems to me they have an uphill battle to show the money they'd receive does not offset what they already got, Rudin said. The five's federal case took nine years to settle because city lawyers under then-mayor Michael Bloomberg felt they would win the federal case. The new claims also could take time to resolve. 7 of , 8:24 AM

8 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... IFCFILMSTUBE VIA YOUTUBE Footage taken shortly after the 1989 incident shows some of the then-teenage members of the Central Park Five being moved around by police. An October letter to Marin from Beldock notes that there are over 200,000 pages of records and over 95 depositions in the federal case, which must be handed over to Schneiderman's office. Much of that material is covered by confidentiality agreements. Beldock said that before the state gets the material, the parties have to finish litigating a request in federal court for its public release. To print the document, click the "Original Document" link to open the original PDF. At this time it is not possible to print the document with annotations. 8 of , 8:24 AM

9 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... The first hearing in the state case is Wednesday, where both sides are expected to discuss a timeline for turning over the material. Santana said that he hoped Schneiderman would be as sympathetic to the five s plight as de Blasio, who pledged during his campaign to settle the federal case. Ultimately, no dollar figure could ever properly compensate the Central Park Five, Santana said. Will it ever be enough? he asked. Not for what we lost. PROMOTED STORIES 9 of , 8:24 AM

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11 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... WE RECOMMEND Affordable Luxury Cars COMMENTS (59) [ Discussion Guidelines POST A COMMENT Write a comment SORT S I 5 days ago 6 It was Mayor DumBlasio's decision to pay these guys $41MM, now they want mo money. DumBlasio is the worst Mayor since Dinkins. Mayor Bloomberg was the best mayor in dealing with these law suits against the city. He would fight them and make a business decision to settle a case based on the best financial interests of the city. DumBlasio settled this case because he wants to secure the black vote. Also, he is too far to the left (socialist). Like REPLY SHARE LUIS DIAZ 5 days ago SHARE1 The city voted for de Blasio because they were tired of Bloomberg creating two cities of rich and poor. However, when the poor folks voted for de Blasio, apparently they didn't do their homework. de Blasio is like a page away from being a communist. He even said it recently or in his biography, his family was black listed during the McCarthy era for being communist sympathizers. Also he, himself sympathize with the Sandanistas and Fidel Castro. He's vacationed in Cuba and Nicaragua during their socialists tenure. Yeah that guy is big time Lefty. 11 of , 8:24 AM

12 Central Park Five pursue more money after $41M settlement -... Like REPLY MARLON WEINGRAD 5 days ago 1 I think the voters (those who voted) chose deblasio because he was the least offensive choice - Look at who was running against him: Quinn, Weiner, Liu, Katz, Lhota...Hopefully the field will improve next time around. Like REPLY SHARE FAITH GRACE 5 days ago 2 Marlon is 100% right on this; many elections of recent involve voting for the 'least offensive' candidate - fact. Like SHARE BOB KAHN 5 days ago 5 Oncde a mugger always a mugger. They will continue the people of NYC for their rest of their lives. Thanks DiBlasio for giving them 52M!!! Like SHOW MORE COMMENTS SHARE Media Kit Home Delivery Newsletters Businesses Place an Ad About our Ads Contact Us Careers FAQ's Feeds Site Map Use of this website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Copyright 2014 NYDailyNews.com. All rights reserved. 12 of , 8:24 AM

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