Karma! Central Park Five Prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer Out At Columbia Law School

FILE Linda Fairstein

FILE Linda Fairstein

'However, given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application'.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer, a prosecutor in the overturned Central Park 5 conviction, resigned Wednesday from Columbia Law School where she served as a part-time professor after a group of black students called on her to quit.

The Black Student Organization and Black Law Student Association demanded that Lederer resign.

Conversations regarding Lederer's teaching position arose in light of the release of the Netflix series "When They See Us", directed by Ava DuVernay, which portrays the coercive and abusive practices used by Lederer and former District Attorney Linda Faistein to falsely convict five black teenagers-Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr., and Korey Wise-for the rape of a woman jogging through Central Park in 1989.

According to a letter sent by Dean Gillian Lester to students on Wednesday and obtained by PEOPLE, Lederer told Lester that she had made a decision to not renew her teaching application for the next year due to the public backlash from the recently released Netflix series When They See Us.

"The lives of these five boys were forever changed as a result of Lederer's conduct", the letter says. However, they claimed they had been forced to confess under duress and said the investigators had deprived them of food, water and sleep.

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The BLSA's statement argued that in addition to Lederer's removal, the Law School should address the racism inherent in legal pedagogy through a re-evaluation of existing teaching and hiring practices. DNA linked him to it, according to The Associated Press.

Since the release of the new Netflix documentary at the end of May, Lederer and fellow prosecutor Linda Fairstein (pictured) have received an abundance of criticism regarding their handling of the case.

Netflix recently announced that When They See Us has become it's most-watched original series but we don't know the exact numbers yet.

Yusef Salaam, left, Kevin Richardson, second left, and Raymond Santana, right, react to supporters in NY in 2012. "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", Dean Gillian Lester told Bloomberg News.

The agency's move comes a day after Fairstein defended her involvement in the case with a tone-deaf op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, calling DuVernay's depiction of the case "full of distortions and falsehoods".

Last week, Fairstein was dropped by her publisher as a result of the fallout.

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