Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association is calling for the school to dismiss a lecturer who was a key prosecutor in the so-called Central Park Five case—now the subject of a high-profile Netflix miniseries—and to offer more inclusive teaching.
In a letter issued Tuesday, the organization requests that the law school fire lecturer Elizabeth Lederer, who co-prosecuted the infamous case in which five young minorities were convicted of a 1989 rape they didn’t commit. That call comes one week after a campuswide organization of black students at Columbia released a petition demanding that Lederer step down from her lecturer post and that its medical school revoke an award previously bestowed on fellow Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein. More than 9,000 people have since signed the petition.
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