‘When They See Us’ Sees More Real-World Fallout, As Prosecutor Resigns Professorship
Published on Jun 14, 2019
“When They See Us” is continuing to generate real-world consequences. Last week, Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein began to remove herself from public life amid backlash from her portrayal in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries. This week, a colleague finds herself in the same position. Variety reports that Elizabeth Lederer, a Manhattan district attorney at the time of the infamous trial, has resigned from a part-time teaching position at Columbia Law School.
Lederer, a lead prosecutor in the trial that falsely convicted five young men of rape, is portrayed by Vera Farmiga in the series. While continuing to prosecute rape and murder cases, she has gone on to teach law at the prestigious university. But with “When They See Us” bringing the 1989 case back into the limelight, students quickly called for her removal.
Columbia’s Black Law Students Association put out a blistering statement, referencing Lederer’s “harmful, racist tactics.
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Author: Christian Zilko