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The recent $40 million settlement for the “Central Park Five” hasn’t been greatly for silent hurrahs by every New York City citizen.

One of its most wealthy–and vocal residents in Donald Trump is lashing out against the justice system for compensating the five men who were found not guilt by DNA evidence for a 1989 rape of a jogging woman in Central Park.

Trump wrote an op-ed to the NYDailyNews, which had an overhead message that the city was wasting money on the exonerated ex-convicts.

My opinion on the settlement of the Central Park Jogger case is that it’s a disgrace. A detective close to the case, and who has followed it since 1989, calls it “the heist of the century.”

Settling doesn’t mean innocence, but it indicates incompetence on several levels. This case has not been dormant, and many people have asked why it took so long to settle? It is politics at its lowest and worst form.

What about the other people who were brutalized that night, in addition to the jogger?

Forty million dollars is a lot of money for the taxpayers of New York to pay when we are already the highest taxed city and state in the country. The recipients must be laughing out loud at the stupidity of the city.

These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels.

Four of the five “young men” were also not adults at the time of the arrest and conviction. State’s evidence uncovered that they were coerced to admitting to the crime. What Trump was trying to prove here with this latest rant is anyone’s guess but attempting to compensate shunned members of society for wrongful convictions is not a new practice.

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