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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  • Lee K. 2015-07-17 17:05:28 -0400
    a prosecuter's job/role is to DO justice. not persecute the accused. lederer is a perfect example of what's wrong in our justice system. she videotaped rehearsed confessions of children who lacked the benefit of counsel, BUT did not videotape the interrogations. shame on you. if you actually have the goods, they will stand up under any scrutiny. she is the reason attorneys have the reputation we have
  • David L. 2015-05-03 01:14:26 -0700
    She is worse than incompetent. She is guilty herself.
  • Kristine L. 2015-04-26 14:11:32 -0700
    I just watched the documentary on this very sad story (The Central Park Five) and the person who had the opportunity and responsibility to have the courage to tell the truth did not do it. That person was Ms. Lederer and she should not be allowed to teach other humans about justice or law. She simply isn't qualified.