26 Years Later, Justice for Men Imprisoned for a Bogus Rape

The woman, dirty, disheveled and in tears, ran over to a patrol car parked along a Harlem street in the early morning of Jan. 18, 1991. She told police officers she had been kidnapped at knifepoint near her home in Queens and raped by three black men, whom she identified.
Before the end of the month, the police arrested two of the men she had named — Gregory Counts, then 19, and VanDyke Perry, then 21. They were charged with four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon, according to court records. The third man was never caught.