NY mayor says 1989 Central Park Jogger deal 'moral issue'

Manhattan and Central Park seen from the "Top of the Rock" observation deck at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (File) (Mario Tama, Getty Images)
Manhattan and Central Park seen from the "Top of the Rock" observation deck at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (File) (Mario Tama, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/23 4:12 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that New York City's tentative $40 million settlement with the five men who were wrongly convicted for the Central Park jogger attack in 1989 was "a moral issue."

De Blasio said that "an injustice was done" and the city had a "moral obligation" to respond to it.

The settlement agreed upon last week still needs to be approved by a federal judge and the city comptroller.

The five black and Hispanic defendants were found guilty as teenagers in 1990 in the attack on a white woman — an investment banker — who had gone for a run in the park.

They served six to 13 years in prison. Their convictions were thrown out in 2002 because of evidence that someone else, acting alone, committed the crime.

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