Central Park 5 Prosecutor Resigns as Columbia Law Professor After Protest

Carla Harmon
June 13, 2019

That said, she still works for the New York County DA's office and has been employed there for 40 years.

In a statement, Lederer said she enjoyed her four years teaching at the Law School, and that the "nature of the recent publicity" led her to resign. " Elizabeth Lederer, the lead district attorney on the case that locked up Black children in April of 1989".

In a statement to Bloomberg News, Lester added: 'The mini-series has reignited a painful-and vital-national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice.

A group of black students had been calling on Lederer to quit the school, according to the New York Daily News.


Elizabeth Lederer, one of the prosecutors in the 1989 "Central Park Five" trial that resulted in the wrongful conviction of five teenagers, has resigned from her post at Columbia Law School. "As a result, five boys spent their formative years in prison until the charges were vacated in 2002 after the real perpetrator confessed to the crime and DNA evidence linking him to the crime was discovered".

They claim thousands of Columbia students have signed petitions demanding the firing of Lederer.

The BLSA's statement argued that in addition to Lederer's removal, the Law School should address the racism inherent in legal pedagogy through a re-evaluation of existing teaching and hiring practices.

Lederer is played by Vera Farmiga in the four-part Netflix original series. Her, along with Linda Fairstein and the entire criminal justice system in NY stole the innocence of Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise. "I am deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that furthers this important and ongoing dialogue, one that draws upon the lived experiences of all members of our community and actively confronts the most hard issues of our time", Dean Gillian Lester told Bloomberg News.


The article was headlined "Netflix's False Story of the Central Park Five"; it included a subhead that accused Ava DuVernay, the director of the miniseries, of "wrongly portray [ing] them as totally innocent-and defam [ing] me in the process".

Linda Fairstein, the embattled former sex crimes prosecutor of the five teens, criticized the Netflix series in a piece published Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

Linda Fairstein, another prosecutor in the case, has reportedly resigned from the board of Vassar College, as well as from the boards of Joyful Heart Foundation and God's Love We Deliver.


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