Central Park 5 Prosecutor Resigns as Columbia Law Professor After Protest

Lawrence Kim
Июня 13, 2019

In a letter drafted on Tuesday, the Columbia Law School Black Law Students Association noted that Lederer "wrongfully prosecuted" five Black and Brown teens for the 1989 rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park.

From acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the four-part limited series spans 25 years - from the arrest and wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five to their exoneration and the settlement reached in 2014. 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.

After spending six to 13 years in prison, all five men - dubbed the Central Park Five by the media - were fully exonerated in 2002 when DNA evidence and a confession revealed Matias Reyes as the true and only perpetrator. "However, given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application", she said.

"The lives of these five boys were forever changed as a result of Lederer's conduct", the letter reads. "The case they built was founded on false information and an overwhelming lack of physical evidence".

"Columbia Law School should fire Elizabeth Lederer but that is just a start", reads the letter.

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

The law school dean, Gillian Lester, also added the mini-series "reignited a painful - and vital - national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice" and "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". "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 school needs to address the racism in how the law is taught".

The show has led to a backlash against Linda Fairstein, the NY prosecutor in the "Central Park Five" case, who has resigned from the boards of Vassar College and victim-assistance organization Safe Horizon.

The agency's move comes a day after Fairstein defended her involvement in the case with a tone-deaf op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, calling DuVernay's depiction of the case "full of distortions and falsehoods".

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