‘Central Park Five’ Prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer Resigns From Columbia Law School
Central Park 5 prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer has resigned from Columbia Law school following backlash from the Netflix series, “Whey They See Us.”
Students had protested and demanded that the university cut ties with her.
“The mini-series has reignited a painful—and vital—national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice,” law school dean Gillian Lester said.
“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 difficult issues of our time.”
The Black Law Students Association labeled Lederer’s role in the case as “racist,’ and demanded that the administration fire her as a lecturer.
Lederer was the lead prosecutor on the 1989 Centr Park jogger case that led to the wrongful convictions of Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Yusef Salaam.
She still serves as an active prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.