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

Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer

Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer

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.


Lederer's Columbia Law School Page:

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

For more information on the case:

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:
Original Bio:


Reasons for signing

  • For the wrongful conviction of Central Park Five.
  • She knows she should not be able to sleep at night by not admitting that this injustice was done to these innocent kids!
  • It was the most sickening & heart wrenching thing I had seen! The retired detective that was on 20/20 should also be ashamed of himself! Still til today he claimed the jogger was attacked twice! Here's the 1 most important fact THE 5 BOY'S DID NOT HAVE 1 DROP OF BLOOD ON THEM!!!! The police never had trouble sleeping after this?? Shame shame shame on the police that night & the DA's office!