"...it made a big difference to Stephen Pagones, the young assistant district attorney falsely accused of taking part in the rape. He is suing the Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped broadcast Brawley's allegations, for libel. To this day Sharpton insists, a la Kunstler, that the facts about a particular individual are unimportant. Sharpton also insists he believes Brawley - that's the defense he's using in the libel case." -from here
no, Al Sharpton would never second guess a jury!