June 26, 2014 | CUNY School of Law
The New York Times recently reported the five men exonerated in the beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park in 1989, have settled their wrongful conviction civil rights lawsuit for $40 million. That amount is $1 million for each year each of the men, who have come to be known as the Central Park Five, spent in prison. Four of the five men are represented by CUNY Law Adjunct Professor Jonathan Moore. The men were exonerated in December 2002 following an investigation by then Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau established that the men, who were teenagers at the time of their arrests and trial, did not commit the crime.
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Professor Moore co-taught an elective course at CUNY Law during the Spring 2014 semester on civil rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Prof Moore was also one of two lead counsel in the historic “stop-and-frisk” litigation challenging warrantless stops of innocent young people based on race which was settled this year. He also represents the class of plaintiffs arrested during anti-war protests in New York in 2004. Prof. Moore was one of the attorneys honored by the National Lawyers Guild for his work on the stop-and-frisk cases.
The Central Park Five and their legal teams were honored on April 11th by the Public Interest Law Association (PILA), a CUNY Law student organization which raises funds to support students who do public interest internships during their summers in law school.