Saw a nice summary by Andrew O'Hehir on Salon:
Indeed, the jogger case did capture much of what was wrong with New York and America, but not exactly the way we thought it did at the time. It illustrated the way we respond to powerful narratives about race, sex and gender, even when they turn out not to make sense. It represented a massive failure of law enforcement, journalism and public imagination, and it led to the last major wrongful-conviction case of the 20th century. As is eerily depicted in “The Central Park Five,” a new film co-directed by legendary documentarian Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and David McMahon, what happened to a 28-year-old investment banker named Trisha Meili on a pleasant April night in 1989 fed all too perfectly into the public’s anxiety and hysteria.
All the men were eventually cleared, but not after spending the best years of their lives in prison. I do wonder, though, how the liberals suitably outraged by this miscarriage of justice yet support Obama's drone war manage such a level of cognitive dissonance. It's wrong to throw innocent men to the prison-industrial-complex based on poor defense and corrupt cops, but death by executive fiat is just peachy.