The judge in the Central Park jogger case has barred defense lawyers from introducing psychological reports on how unintelligent and suggestible their teen-age clients are, the lawyers said Tuesday.
The three youths, on trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, are charged with the April 19, 1989, rape and attempted murder of a female runner. The charges are based in part on admissions they made to police after their arrest.
Two of the three lawyers said the reports, prepared by psychologists hired by the defense, show the teen-agers have intellects and personalities that would allow them to confess to crimes they did not commit.
State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Galligan denied the applications made Tuesday on behalf of defendants Anton McCray, 15, Raymond Santana, 16, and Yusef Salaam, 16, according to their lawyers.
In pretrial hearings, Galligan refused to suppress statements the youths gave to police and allowed them to be used as evidence.
The teen-agers allegedly were part of a larger gang of youths who rampaged through Central Park the night of April 19 last year, randomly assaulting or trying to assault at least eight people.
They are charged with attempted murder, rape, sexual abuse, assault, robbery and riot in connection with an attack on a woman who was jogging in the park the night, and on two men who were not as badly injured.
The woman, an investment banker who was then 28, was gang-raped, savagely beaten and left naked in a puddle of mud and blood.
She survived but suffered brain damage and "has no recollection of what happened to her that night," Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer told the jury.
If convicted, the youths will be sentenced as juvenile offenders to up to 10 years in prison.