To say that the story of these boys (now men) was a travesty of justice is a gross understatement. This was an utter miscarriage of justice, a totally orchestrated train wreck. What happened is a case study of how the system can fail on all levels. This was not just a failure of the criminal justice system. The media was equally culpable. The public was complicit as well.
What galls me the most is New York City, my city, has not owned up to the mistakes that were made and has never apologized to these men for the injustices they faced. Make no mistake about it this can happen again. A confession may not necessarily be a confession, especially if it’s not in line with the evidence. Sometimes a confession is really coercion.