The lawsuit brought by five men wrongly convicted of the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger rape was put on hold Tuesday so the city can work out a settlement.
Manhattan Federal Judge Ronald Ellis took the action at the request of lawyers for both the city and the plaintiffs to allow the de Blasio administration to get a handle on the case.
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Footage taken shortly after the 1989 incident shows some of the then-teenage members of the Central Park Five being moved around by police.
Mayor de Blasio has vowed to settle the $250 million lawsuit, which was brought 11 years ago.
"It's our intention to work as hard as we can in the next 30 days to achieve (a settlement)," Jonathan Moore, a lawyer for several of the plaintiffs, said in court Tuesday.
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, now in their 40s, had their convictions thrown out in 2002 when Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murderer behind bars for other crimes, confessed and DNA evidence confirmed his guilt in the case.