Central Park Five Lead Prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer Resigns From Columbia Law School

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The fallout from Ava DuVernay‘s Netflix series, “When They See Us,” continues…

Elizabeth Lederer, the lead prosecutor in the Central Park Five case that resulted in five innocent black and latino teens being convicted for a rape they did not commit, has resigned from Columbia Law School.

Via The New York Times:

In an email to Columbia Law students on Wednesday evening, Gillian Lester, the dean of the school, said Elizabeth Lederer decided not to seek reappointment as a lecturer, writing that the mini-series had “reignited a painful — and vital — national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice.” The email included a statement from Ms. Lederer saying that she had enjoyed her years teaching at Columbia but would not be returning.

“Given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case,” the statement said, “it is best for me not to renew my teaching application.”

Since “When They See Us” premiered on May 31, prosecutor Linda Fairstein deleted all of her social media accounts, she was removed from the boards of two non-profits and she was dropped by her publisher.

Michael Sheehan, who was a key investigator in the Central Park Five case, died last week.

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