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Lead Prosecutor of “Central Park 5” Leaves Columbia Law Job After Student Outcry

HeadlineJun 17, 2019

The fallout for prosecutors in the “Central Park 5” case continues. Lead prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer resigned from her lecturing position at Columbia Law School after a petition started by the Black Law Students Association calling for her firing gathered over 10,000 signatures. This comes after former prosecutor Linda Fairstein was dropped by her publisher and forced to step down from several nonprofit boards, as well as Vassar College’s board of trustees, due to renewed public scrutiny following the release of a Netflix series about the case, which saw five Harlem teenagers of color wrongfully accused and convicted for a rape in 1989. Click here to see our interview with Ava Duvernay, director of “When They See Us.”

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