Meanwhile, in the real world Zellner has delivered another filing pointing out the important issues in the appeal:
"It bears noting that AAG Fallon & SP Gahn, both of whom represent the State in this proceeding, were the State Attorneys who participated in the return of human bones from the Gravel Pit to the Halbach family. They are interested parties & their bad faith is directly at issue in this case. Their protestations and denials are therefore suspect; this Court must discern whether their arguments themselves are made in good faith or in the simple interest of self-preservation."
"Despite maintaining their innocence, the Central Park Five’s contention that their confessions were coerced didn’t gain credibility until June 2002, when Matias Reyes claimed sole responsibility for raping and beating Meili.
Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist, was serving a minimum 33-year prison sentence when he confessed to the crime. His DNA matched genetic material found at the crime scene and he provided details of the assault that led investigators to take his claim seriously.
Reyes also committed a similar assault on a woman in Central Park two days before Meili was found."
Apparently it's not just Netflix, as some would have us believe. The district attorney joined the defense in freeing the imprisoned Americans, and a Federal District Judge agreed the 'Central Park Five' had every right to sue the city for the debacle.
The five black and Hispanic men, ages 14 to 16 at the time of their arrests, claimed that incriminating statements they had given had been coerced by the authorities. The statements were ruled admissible, and the men were convicted in two separate trials in 1990.
In December 2002, an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, found DNA and other evidence that the woman had been raped and beaten not by the five teenagers but by another man, Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murderer who had confessed to acting alone in the attack. Concluding that the new evidence could have changed the original verdict, Mr. Morgenthau’s office joined a defense motion asking that the convictions be vacated.
Of course there will always be nutjobs who think the making of a documentary educating the public is somehow suspect. But it's a sad commentary on their fanaticism when they resort to blatantly lying about the circumstances that lead the to correction of a conviction.