Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer

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

Columbia Law School: Fire Elizabeth Lederer
8,057
of 9,000 signatures
Campaign created by Frank Chi Icon-email

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
_____________________

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

Category: civil rights
Flag this petition for review

Reasons for signing

  • Q S. 2015-04-13 00:39:44 -0400
    She obviously knew the real truth and chose to ignore it. She should be fired and disbarred.
  • ariel f. 2015-03-29 22:32:59 -0400
    she gave a bad name to innocent boys
  • Ash S. 2015-02-15 00:55:24 -0500
    Utterly disgraceful and appalling. This woman is the true criminal in this case who knowingly convicted the innocent boys. Shame!