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Judge Clears Way for New "Central Park 5" Lawsuit Negotiations

A federal magistrate has put the decades-old case on hold so the plaintiffs and city can work toward a settlement

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    On June 28, a grand jury found Dominic Badaracco Sr., 77, of Sherman, guilty of one count of bribery. Now he has been sentenced.

    A federal magistrate judge has put the decade-old Central Park jogger case on hold so the parties can work toward a settlement.

    The $250 million lawsuit was filed on behalf of five black and Hispanic people convicted in 1990 of raping and beating a white woman jogging in the park a year earlier.

    They each served six to 13 years in prison. Their convictions were tossed in 2002 after evidence emerged linking someone else to the crime.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis granted a 30-day stay of proceedings at a Tuesday hearing, saying both sides wanted a delay.

    An attorney for the plaintiffs, Jonathan Moore, noted that Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously announced he believes the case should be settled.
     

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