Coincidentally, this serial rapist and murderer had nothing to lose by confessing to the rape -- and much to gain by claiming that he had acted alone, including a highly desirable prison transfer.
As with the tribunals during the French Revolution, the show trials were based on a lie, to wit, that Reyes' confession constituted "new evidence" that might have led to a different verdict at trial.
In fact, Reyes' admission that he had raped the jogger changed nothing about the evidence presented in the actual trials. It was always known that others had participated in the attack on the jogger. It was always known that none of the defendants' DNA -- a primitive science back in 1989 -- was found on the jogger.
This is why prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer said in her summation to the jury: "Others who were not caught raped her and got away."
The only new information Reyes provided was that he was one of those who "got away."
But 13 years later, the show trial was re-litigated in the backrooms of law offices and newsrooms by a remarkably undiverse group of Irish and Jewish, college-educated New Yorkers. They lied about the evidence in order to vindicate a mob and destroy trust in the judicial system.
Liberals despise the rule of law because it interferes with their ability to rule by mob. They love to portray themselves as the weak taking on the powerful. But it is the least powerful who suffer the most once the rule of law is gone. (Dominique Strauss-Kahn is about to discover that the most defenseless, penniless immigrant has the same legal rights as he, in an American court.)
Liberals' relentless attack on the judicial system is yet another example of their Jacobin lunacy in opposition to calm order. You will note that they never ask: Who did what in this case? All they want to know is which class of people are on trial. Social justice is the only justice that interests the Left because it's the only justice that can be delivered by the political agitation of a mob.
Thus, the book about the Central Park rape warmly reviewed in the Times was described as raising the "fraught nexus of race, class and gender." It was said to take a "tour through America's violently racist past and present."
What on earth does any of that have to do with the evidence in this particular case?
Another way of determining the guilt or innocence of the convicted rapists would be to look at the facts of the case -- the confessions, the corroborating evidence, the state of DNA testing in 1989, the jury verdicts and Reyes' advantageously timed confession 13 years later.
But looking at actual facts in a criminal trial, as I did, apparently constitutes a coarse exploitation of the case.
I suppose writers who recount truthful facts about the Holocaust coarsely "exploit" that crime, too. Rather than reciting gruesome facts about the Holocaust, I gather the Times would prefer a book that examines the general characteristics of Jews and Germans from 1850 to 1933 -- a study of the "fraught nexus" of race, religion and nationality --- before deciding whether the Jews deserved it.