“The assistant district attorney who prosecuted the now-exonerated Central Park Five said on Wednesday that she will leave her post as a part-time lecturer at Columbia Law School due to backlash over” the Netflix series “When They See Us,” reports the New York Post.
The story adds, “Elizabeth Lederer — who still serves as a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office — said in a letter to faculty and students that she will not seek reappointment after negative reaction over her portrayal in the show.”Lederer says “[G]iven 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.”
“The dean of the school added that the mini-series ‘reignited a painful — and vital — national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice,'” the Post also notes.
The resignation comes as Netflix reveals that “Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series” in the U.S. on the streaming service for past 13 days, according to Variety.
Variety adds, “But Netflix didn’t provide any additional info beyond that, and it has selectively doled out self-reported numbers in the past to tout the popularity of some of its original series and films.”