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.


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:

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Reasons for signing

  • Ash S. 2015-02-14 21:55:24 -0800
    Utterly disgraceful and appalling. This woman is the true criminal in this case who knowingly convicted the innocent boys. Shame!
  • Keela R. 2015-02-09 18:44:10 -0800
    Falsely accusing other and then not admitting to your own part in the injustice is very wrong. As a lawyer she is supposed to uphold the law, but obviously she's only "in it to win it". So to that I say take away her practice license.
  • Justin H. 2015-02-06 16:33:05 -0800
    I signed cause I just watch the documentary. Seriously, this lady, use that term extremely loosely, is teaching LAW!!! The leaders of Columbia are just like the white prosecutors and detectives back in 1989. "No problems here, nothing to see move along. ABSURD!!!!! I'm 40 and white and want this lady to get what she deserves!!!!! Her guilt was written ALL OVER HER FACE back in 1989, her conscience was screaming at the screen, look at her baggy eyes, that's guilt and living a lie!!! PERIOD!!!