Unequal Verdicts: The Central Park Jogger Trials

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An examination of one of the biggest rape cases in decades reconstructs the attack on the Central Park jogger, presents interviews with gang members, police, witnesses, and other victims, and discusses the trial

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Sullivan's lively style gives immediacy again to the Central Park jogger case--not surprisingly, as he is news editor of Court TV and a former editor of Manhattan Lawyer . He covers the arrest through sentencing of ten teenage boys in two trials, which took place in New York from spring 1989 through spring 1991. Sullivan's narrative is always absorbing, despite the jumble of details about the criminal justice system, attorneys, police, and juries whom he interviewed. The first book on the Central Park "wilding" cases, it is significant for what it does not do: it does not continue the histrionics of previous reportage; it does not speculate on the historical truths and myths of gender and race relations; and it does not portray the case as a symbol of urban violence, New York City's brutalization, or larger social issues. One of Sullivan's aims is apparently to present enough background to put to rest contentions of an unfair trial. Recommended for general readers and young people.
- Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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On April 19, 1989, a young, white, female investment banker --her name has been withheld throughout the case-- jogging in Manhattan's Central Park was raped and severely beaten by a group of African American and Hispanic teenagers. Shortly before the assault, this gang also attacked others who were using the park for so-called "wilding." In his absorbing book, Sullivan, news editor for the Courtroom Television Network, skillfully sorts through diverse details of the investigations and trials. Relying also on transcripts and interviews with lawyers and jurors, he demonstrates how prosecutors developed their case from circumstantial evidence, how numerous errors were made by defense attorneys and why one of the more implicated defendants received a relatively light sentence. Less satisfying is the fact that the author fails to discuss the role of the press and issues of gender, race and class raised by the case. are virtually ignored. Film rights optioned to Edgar Scherick Productions for HBO; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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