Oprah Interviews 'The Exonerated Central Park Five' for Netflix Special

Oprah Interviews 'The Exonerated Central Park Five' for Netflix Special

Oprah Interviews 'The Exonerated Central Park Five' for Netflix Special

A Twitter user posted Lester's announcement, which conveys Lederer's explanation that she won't seek reappointment due to "the nature of the recent publicity" generated by the Netflix documentary.

This time, Columbia University was forced to see and hear members of the distinguished Black Law Student Association as these future legal lions roared across this prestigious, picturesque Ivy League institution and called for the resignation of Elizabeth Lederer, a lead prosecutor in the Central Park Five case and a lecturer on their campus.

The letter continued: "Now, with the release of Ava Duvernay's When They See Us on Netflix, Columbia's inaction on this subject shows a disconnect between the values Columbia purports and the actions the Law School takes". Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson eventually received a $41 million settlement from the city of NY in 2014. Their convictions were vacated in 2002.

Her decision to step down at Columbia came one day after the school's Black Law Students Association called for Columbia to drop her, the New York Daily News reports.

"The lives of these five boys were forever changed as a result of Lederer's conduct", the letter says. "During the investigation, Lederer and her colleagues used harmful, racist tactics, including physical abuse and coercion, to force confessions from the five minors". "In 2013 a petition was circulated, which gained thousands of signatures and demanded the removal of Lederer".

"The mini-series has reignited a painful_and vital_national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice".

Linda Fairstein, the embattled former sex crimes prosecutor of the five teens, criticized the Netflix series in a piece published Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

"I am deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that furthers this important and ongoing dialogue, one that draws upon the lived experiences of all members of our community and actively confronts the most hard issues of our time", Lester said.

The group expressed concern over Lederer's portrayed role in the drama When They See Us, which depicts Manhattan prosecutors targeting five black teens for the rape and assault of a white woman who'd been jogging in the park.

The Black law students made it clear in their statement that Lederer's exit was just part of their short-term and long-range goals. Fairstein oversaw the case.

The Netflix series, "When They See Us", was directed by Ava DuVernay and is a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the case.

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