a few thugs at the wrong place at the wrong time get more than they probably deserve from a not especially indulgent judiciary imbued with racist bias according to the author, her case is dulled by the host of unsympathetic characters she tries to absolve though the story, well told, clears up details of that notoriously harrowing event
I recommend "Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding" to anyone interested in the criminal justice system, racial animus, and the role of the media in shaping and maintaining narratives carried into courtrooms, even without supporting forensic evidence.
I read this title as Florida started its' prosecution of Casey Anthony, a young mother charged with killing her 2 year old daughter. This book gave me pause when considering the media saturation of the police narrative, the lack of evidence that specifically link Casey, and no other person, to the child's homicide, and the way in which she was questioned by detectives. At this point, the jury is still hearing evidence, so I do not know how these factors will effect the outcome, but Ms. Burns efforts here gave me reason to ponder what I and so many others believe we know about this case.
Good food for thought!
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