The president was speaking with reporters outside the White House on Tuesday when he was asked by April Ryan if he would apologize to the men for an ad he ran in 1989 calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty in light of the crime.
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"Why do you bring this question up now?"
Donald Trump has again suggested that the wrongfully convicted teenagers in the Central Park Five case are guilty, and has declined to apologise for taking out print ads in 1989 that called for their execution.
He then made a comment reminiscent of a statement he made in August 2017 following the deadly white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he said: "both sides" were to blame for the violence, a reference to the anti-fascist demonstrators.
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Fairstein claimed that there isn't "a question in the minds of anyone present during the interrogation" that the Central Park Five were involved in both the assault on the jogger and other attacks in the park that night, even though the evidence in the case clearly refutes this theory. "They admitted their guilt", Trump told Ryan. They followed up with a lawsuit for an additional $52 million aimed at the state of NY, for which they were awarded $3.9 million. Trump has previously noted that the five teenagers confessed in police interrogations. "If you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case, so we'll leave it at that".
He wrote in all caps: "Bring back the death penalty and bring back our police!"
Fairstein has continued to defend her role in the prosecutions and cast aspersions on the innocence of the five. "Would you apologize for the Central Park Five?".
A convicted murderer and rapist named Matias Reyes who was serving life in prison confessed in 2001 that he raped the jogger.