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USEmbattled Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Doubles Down

11:41  11 june  2019
11:41  11 june  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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Linda Fairstein (born May 5 , 1947) is an American author, attorney , and former New York City prosecutor focusing on crimes of violence against women and children.

The embattled former prosecutor is leaving various boards and groups, while retailers Shadow and Act reports that Fairstein , “one of the central figures responsible for the wrongful prosecution and In the series, Fairstein ’s alleged coercion of the five young men known as the Central Park Five , which

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Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor of the now-exonerated “Central Park Five,” was dropped by her publisher and pressured to resign from the board of charities after the Netflix series When They See Us renewed scrutiny of her role in the case.

But the former sex crime investigator is doubling down on her claim that she did nothing wrong, attacking the production and suggesting that the black teens took part in the infamous 1989 attack on a white jogger.

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Linda Fairstein , the longtime New York City prosecutor turned prolific crime novelist, is no longer with her publisher after a firestorm of criticism erupted over her work in That case, which these days goes by the shorthand Central Park Five , resulted in convictions and years of prison time for the accused.

Linda Fairstein stepped down from her roles at nonprofits including Safe Horizon, and from the board of Vassar, her alma mater. Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Has Responded to When They See Us Backlash.

In a Monday night op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Fairstein called Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the polarizing crime an “outrage.” Days earlier, Fairstein also criticized the HBO show in an interview with The Daily Beast, calling it a “basket of lies.”

Fairstein’s pushback has done little to help her. The publisher of her crime novels, Dutton, cut its ties to her last week. She also stepped down from the boards of several non-profits: Safe Horizon victims-services agency, God’s Love We Deliver, Joyful Heart Foundation, and Vassar College.

Meanwhile, the Columbia Law School Black Student Organization posted a Change.org petition demanding the university rescind an award for Fairstein and fire her co-prosecutor, Elizabeth Lederman.

Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein resigns from Vassar College board

Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein resigns from Vassar College board Author and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein -- facing a swarm of controversy over a Netflix series that examines a wrongful conviction in a high-profile rape case -- has resigned as a trustee of her alma mater. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Fairstein resigned as a member of the board of trustees of Vassar College, from which she graduated in 1969, the college in Poughkeepsie, New York, said Tuesday.

Image caption Linda Fairstein observed the interrogation of the Central Park Five . Linda Fairstein , a former US prosecutor turned crime novelist, has been dropped by her publisher amid renewed outcry over her role in the wrongful conviction of five teenagers for the brutal rape of a female jogger in 1989.

The Netflix series sparked a boycott calling for publishers and booksellers to stop supporting Fairstein .

In the Netflix miniseries, Fairstein is portrayed by Felicity Huffman as a racial profiler who dismissed evidence showing the Central Park Five did not beat and rape the jogger.

She claims in the op-ed that just because serial sex offender Matias Reyes confessed to the assault—an admission supported by DNA evidence—doesn’t mean the five are innocent of taking part or did not assault other people in the park.

“Ms. DuVernay does not define me, and her film does not speak the truth,” Fairstein wrote.

DuVernay appeared unmoved by Fairstein’s attempt to salvage her reputation and career.

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"You have people on both sides of that," said the president, who called for the death penalty of the five teens in 1989.

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