When Donald Trump didn’t need proof

Radley Balko of Reason notes a time when Donald Trump didn’t need proof, in reference to Donald Trump taking out a full page ad in four New York City newspapers in 1989 calling for the execution of five juveniles who were alleged to have raped and beaten a woman nearly to death in the infamous “Central Park Jogger” case. At the time rape was not a capital crime and none of the alleged perpetrators was even 16 years old, and each of the alleged attackers was later exonerated by both DNA evidence and the confession of another individual. Among the wrongly convicted was Raymond Santana, who now wants Donald Trump to apologize for rushing to judgment and for calling for the death penalty for five juveniles:

Santana was 14 years old at the time. He says Trump’s call for the “death penalty” helped fuel the media firestorm before the suspects even went to trial.

“It says a lot about his character. If he can give the death penalty to 14-year-old, 15-year-old kids then there’s nothing he would not do. Those are characteristics of a tyrant, not characteristics of a president,” Santana said.

Santana served seven years in prison in connection with the rape and beating of Trisha Meili.

Obviously I’m no fan of Donald Trump, but the fact that he supports putting juveniles to death is simply breathtaking and speaks volumes about the man’s character – or lack thereof.


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3 thoughts on “When Donald Trump didn’t need proof

  1. How in the world did they convict not only one innocent person…but five innocent people?

    1. Not entirely sure, but apparently there were confessions that the defendants said were coerced and the police said were not.

  2. Anon,

    It’s actually not that surprising. It’s entirely likely that six innocent men were convicted of murder, the same murder, right here in Wisconsin.


    I highly recommend the book contained in the link above. The authors and one of the men originally convicted had a booth at BobFest last year. Once you read the book you may well become convinced, as I did, that these six men are innocent of the murder of Tom Monfils, who was found dead at a paper mill in Green Bay back in the early 1990’s.

    The justice system ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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