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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:40 AM

Central Park Five defendant hits Trump over 'due process': You rushed to judgment on us

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Central Park Five defendant hits Trump over 'due process': You rushed to judgment on us
By Jacqueline Thomsen - 02/12/18 05:05 PM EST


One of the exonerated defendants in the Central Park Five case hit President Trump for his tweet about lives “being shattered” by “a mere allegation,” saying that Trump had rushed to judgment in claiming he and the other defendants were guilty of a brutal 1989 attack and rape.

Yusef Salaam, one of the men who was wrongfully convicted of the crime and later exonerated, noted that Trump had quickly taken out a full-page ad in The New York Times calling for the return of the death penalty after news of the assault gripped the nation.

“Here you had Donald Trump taking out a full-page ad, two weeks in, rushing to judgment. Finding out 13 years later after he did all that that we were actually not the real culprits," Salaam said.

Trump had raised concerns Sunday about a lack of “due process” in the allegations of domestic abuse leveled against two former White House aides.

Salaam, who was 15 at the time of his wrongful conviction, said he and the other defendants’ lives “were completely destroyed and devastated." Trump was one of the most vocal figures at the time saying they were guilty.

“Any kind of dream or idea or goal that we had in life was quickly erased by this accusation,” Salaam said.


On April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old white woman was viciously assaulted and raped while jogging through Central Park. Police arrested five teenagers, four black and one Hispanic, who were all found guilty.

The group initially confessed to the crime, but insist that their confessions were coerced after being interrogated by police for two days. They were exonerated in 2002, when an already-incarcerated rapist and murderer confessed to the crime.

Trump said in 2016 that he still believes that the Central Park Five are guilty despite another man confessing to the crime and police having no DNA evidence linking the group to the scene.

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Reply Central Park Five defendant hits Trump over 'due process': You rushed to judgment on us (Original post)
babylonsister Feb 13 OP
ck4829 Feb 13 #1
47of74 Feb 13 #3
Cha Feb 13 #2
spanone Feb 13 #4
Gothmog Feb 13 #5
malaise Feb 13 #6
Ligyron Feb 13 #7

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:37 AM

1. I wonder what the difference was... hmm... kinda eludes me...

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:03 AM

3. No kidding.

To that fuck head and his enablers things like due process are only for wealthy white male conservatives.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:40 AM

2. trump is a gd idiot.. and damn

those who assisted the Russians rigging him into the wh.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 08:21 AM

4. most dangerous man in the world is occupying our white house.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:39 AM

5. Trump's attack on the Central Park Five shows his concern about due process

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:47 AM

6. Vile does not come close to describing this

short-fingered, uncouth, racist vulgarian

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:07 AM

7. Truer words were never spoken Mr. Salaam.

The most racist person to ever degrade the Presidency or contaminate our White House.

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