Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer

To: Dean David M. Schizer, Columbia University Law School

Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer
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Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer now.

Why is this important?

Elizabeth Lederer was one of the lead prosecutors in "the Central Park Five" case, who wrongfully convicted five teens falsely accused of assaulting and raping a female jogger in New York City's Central Park, on April 19, 1989. 

No DNA evidence tied the suspects to the crime, so the prosecution's case rested almost entirely on false confessions. In fact, analysis indicated that the DNA collected at the crime scene did not match any of the suspects — and that the crime scene DNA had all come from a single, as yet unknown person.

Yet the accused teens were forced into false confessions and were put away for years by the overzealous prosecution for crimes they did not commit. The convictions were vacated in 2002 when Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murderer serving a life sentence for other crimes, claimed to have committed the crime alone and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement in the rape.

Today, Lederer is still an assistant District Attorney in New York, and she also teaches at Columbia Law School.

No individual who is responsible for locking up innocent boys for years should ever step foot in a classroom to teach students. Ever.

MORE BACKGROUND:

Lederer's Columbia Law School Page: http://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Elizabeth_Lederer

Learn more about Ken Burns' film on the Central Park Five:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AehmA3hTLmA
http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/

For more information on the case:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park_Jogger_case
http://www.salon.com/2012/11/30/the_central_park_five_new_yorks_darkest_hour
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UPDATE: It looks like Columbia Law has edited Lederer's bio to exclude her involvement in the Central Park Five case. Do not be fooled!

Scrubbed Bio:  
http://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Elizabeth_Lederer 
Original Bio: http://web.archive.org/web/20121222011537/https://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Elizabeth_Lederer
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  • Eric V. 2014-04-16 16:44:29 -0700
    Watched the Ken Burns doc and I believe in justice.
  • jim b. 2014-03-26 02:51:12 -0700
    Just watched the doc, very sad. She should be removed public roles.
  • Elys V. 2014-03-25 23:16:55 -0700
    I am strongly against someone like Elizabeth Lederer to be in a position of education for the masses. She represents everything that education fights against-social injustice, and equality. She brings shame to the Columbia University community.