WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is refusing to apologize to the five men wrongly convicted of rape in the 1989 Central Park Five case, saying “they admitted their guilt.”
Responding to a reporter’s statement that the men were exonerated, Trump said Tuesday, “You have people on both sides of that.”
Trump took out full-page newspaper ads at the time calling for five to receive the death penalty.
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The five black and Hispanic men were teenagers when they were convicted. They said their confessions were coerced.
Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after evidence linked a serial rapist to the crime.
New York City reached a roughly $41 million settlement with the five without admitting wrongdoing.
Trump says some prosecutors believe the city should never have settled in the case.
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