There’s been a lot of outcry about the infamous “Central Park 5” case, where several young Black boys were framed for a rape they did not commit decades ago.
Ava Duvernay’s ‘When They See Us’ dramatized the story and exposed several people - one of them is Elizabeth Lederer.
Prosecutors have A LOT of power and Elizabeth Lederer was not a victim. Even though a lot of scrutiny has been focused on her taking orders from Linda Fairstein, whose career has been falling apart, Lederer should not be seen as innocent herself. She knew what she was doing!
People are fed up! She’s been forced to resign from her position at Columbia Law School after a petition to fire her was created by the Black Students' Organization.
She should also be fired from the DA’s office with all of her and Fairstein’s cases reviewed… but that’s another story.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance has refused to review the cases and declined to take any action against Lederer. This isn’t a surprise of course, because he’s protecting one of his own.
There are a lot of DAs out there who do what happened in the Central Park jogger case EVERY DAY!
Wrongful conviction, lying, and racism aren’t just coincidences in the criminal justice system. They’re part of the job! Elizabeth Lederer is guilty of that, but so is the whole system and thankfully a lot more people are realizing this now.