As you can see, Lederer took no real responsibility in helping wrongfully convict the five Black and Latino boys for the Central Park rape case back in 1989.
Elizabeth Lederer was the lead attorney prosecuting the teens.
The Ava DuVernay-directed limited true crime series follows the case of five Black and Latino children who were wrongfully convicted of assaulting and raping a jogger in NY.
"She retweeted Netflix's post about "When They See Us", commenting only: "*faints*". Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson eventually received a $41 million settlement from the city of NY in 2014. "During the investigation, Lederer and her colleagues used harmful, racist tactics, including physical abuse and coercion, to force confessions from the five minors". Now, another prosecutor in the case, Elizabeth Lederer, is feeling the heat as she announced she won't be returning to Columbia Law School as a teacher.
The boys spent several years in prison before their convictions were overturned: Another person confessed to raping Meili, whose DNA matched what was found in her. Since the show's release, Fairstein resigned from Vassar College's board of trustees and has been dropped from her book publisher with calls from the #CancelLindaFairstein hashtag to re-examine her prior cases. "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".
The mini-series has reignited a painful-and vital-national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice.
Lederer, who is portrayed by Vera Farmiga in the Ava DuVernay biographical drama, told the law school on Wednesday she would not seek reappointment, according to a note from Dean Gillian Lester sent to students and obtained by TheWrap.
"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", Lester said.
Lederer's resignation is the latest fallout from the Netflix series, which has reignited public discussion and backlash against the prosecutors involved in the trial. When They See Us has put a major spotlight on the mishandlings in the case, including Linda Fairstein's role in the case.