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It Took An 'Honest' Rapist To Show That Evil Lived In The Justice System, Too

To say this was a miscarriage of justice is an understatement. Although New York City was infested with crime in the 1980s, the level of bias to which these five boys were subjected to was on another level. So what happened to their lives because of a walk in the park?

Just to reiterate, the lawyers, including lead prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer, had access to evidence that actually proved these boys to be innocent. But only until the actual rapist turned himself in did they free them. These five recently received a $40 million settlement for everything and everyone that led them to this, but I'm fairly sure childhood innocence is priceless.

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When I found out I was pregnant in October 2018, I had planned to keep the news a secret from family for a little while — but my phone seemed to have other ideas.

Within just a few hours of finding out the news, I was being bombarded with ads for baby gear, baby clothes and diapers on Facebook, Instagram and pretty much any other site I visited — be it my phone or on my computer.

Good thing my family wasn't looking over my shoulder while I was on my phone or my secret would have been ruined.

I'm certainly not alone in feeling like online ads can read your mind.

When I started asking around, it seemed like everyone had their own similar story: Brian Kelleher told me that when he and his wife met, they started getting ads for wedding rings and bridal shops within just a few weeks. Tech blogger Snezhina Piskov told me that she started getting ads for pocket projectors after discussing them in Messenger with her colleagues. Meanwhile Lauren Foley, a writer, told me she started getting ads for Happy Socks after seeing one of their shops when she got off the bus one day.

When online advertising seems to know us this well, it begs the question: are our phones listening to us?

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