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Ken Burns Says ‘The Central Park Five’ Ten-Year Legal Battle May Finally Be Over

Ken Burns Says 'The Central Park Five' Ten-Year Legal Battle May Finally Be Over

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has agreed to settle the “Central Park Five” civil suit, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told HuffPo Live.

Recounted in Burns’ 2012 documentary, “The Central Park Five” were five juveniles wrongly convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in a much publicized case that horrified New Yorkers. The men were released in 2002 after another man confessed to the crime. Although they were exonerated, the five filed a $250 million civil suit against the city of New York for being wrongfully convicted, which lay dormant and unresolved for the better part of the last decade. But Burns said there may finally be resolution in the matter.

“Bill de Blasio, the mayor-elect, has agreed to settle this case,” Burns said. “And though this is justice delayed way too long, and that is justice denied, [they] will not only be exonerated, but they will have justice, they will see some closure, they will be able to be made whole.”

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