President Trump unapologetic for Central Park Five ads, comments about case

Trump stands by comments about wrongly convicted 'Central Park Five'

President Donald Trump again declined to apologise for promoting false accusations against five black and Latino teenagers convicted and then later exonerated of the 1989 rape of a jogger in New York City.

Trump jumped into the issue as a new Netflix series, "When They See Us" has dredged up memories of the sensational case, though the commander in chief seemed unaware of the show.

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.

The five teenagers were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for gang-raping and almost killing Meili. In 2002, she told the New Yorker that Matias Reyes, the serial rapist who later confessed to the assault, was somehow associated with the young men she helped convict.

One of the men, Yusef Salaam, wrote in The Washington Post ahead of the 2016 presidential election that Trump "has never apologized for calling for our deaths".

"You have people on both sides of that", Trump continued. "Bring Back Our Police!"

The prosecution relied heavily on videotaped confessions, which defence lawyers argued were coerced.

"They admitted their guilt", Trump added, a claim he has stood by for decades. After being wrongfully imprisoned, the Central Park Five were exonerated and later reached a settlement with the city of NY. "It's an interesting time to bring that up", Trump responded. "If you look at Linda Fairstein and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city never should have settled that case".

Since the release of the miniseries she has endured significant fallout in her public life, being dropped by her publisher and having to resign from her positions on various boards.

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