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'Central Park Five' Prosecutor RESIGNS From Board Positions, Gets Award Yanked After #CancelLindaFairstein Movement Does What It Needed To Do

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Linda Fairstein is catching a barrage of (much deserved) roastings after Ava Duvernay's masterpiece series When They See Us premiered on Netflix.  Now, Linda, the former head of the sex crimes unit at the Manhattan district attorney's office, who (mis)handled the Central Park Five case, is backing away from the public eye.

A group of teens - who we learned had never met prior to their arrest - were wrongfully convicted for the rape of the Central Park Jogger (a woman named Trisha Meili) in 1989.  Thanks to DNA evidence, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Antron Mccray, and Yusef Salaa, were exonerated in 2002 and settled with New York for $41M.  Also, a man named Matias Reyes, a convicted serial rapist, confessed to the rape.  

After getting dragged by her roots in the #CancelLindaFairstein movement for her part in convicting five now exonerated black & hispanic men, former prosecutor Linda has deleted her social media.  She also has stepped down from her prominent role on the board of her prestigious alma mater, Vasser College.  This comes on the heels of her prestigious Mystery Writers of America 2019 GRANDMASTER also being revoked, thanks to the new Netflix series stirring up new emotion.

"I am told that Ms. Fairstein felt that, given the recent widespread debate over her role in the Central Park case, she believed that her continuing as a board member would be harmful to Vassar," Vassar College President Elizabeth H. Bradley wrote in an online message Tuesday.

Linda also stepped down from the board of directors at the God’s Love We Deliver charity.

“She did step down, and we accepted her resignation today,” said Terrence Meck, chairman of the board at God’s Love. “This is an internal letter only, and we are not sharing its contents.”

Glamour magazine quickly wrote a letter, yanking back the Glamour Woman of the Year Award they gave her back in 1993.  In part, it read:

Unequivocally, Glamour would not bestow this honor on her today. She received the award in 1993, before the full injustices in this case were brought to light. Though the convictions were later vacated and the men received a settlement from the City of New York, the damage caused is immeasurable.

Linda still claims, to this day, that the then-teen boys had something to do with the rape of the woman.  She says whether one or more knocked the woman down or attacked her in some way, she stands by her statement that they admitted to having some involvement.  Interestingly, she denies address the allegation that she coerced said "admissions" from the defendants, which would make the credibility of those admissions questionable at best.

"The confessions were not coerced," she wrote last July in a letter to the editor of the New York Law Journal. "The questioning was respectful, dignified, carried out according to the letter of the law and with sensitivity to the young age of the men."

By the way, she's now a crime author who writes a fictional series of books called the Alexandra Cooper Novels.  That certainly confirms her ability to have a vivid imagination.

 

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