Central Park 5 Prosecutor Pens Op-Ed Defending Actions, Keeps Getting Cancelled

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Linda Fairstein
FILE- In this March 26, 1988 file photo, prosecutor Linda Fairstein, left, is shown during a news conference in New York. Fairstein was the top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor when five teenagers were wrongly charged with the 1989 rape and beating of a woman jogging in New York’s Central Park. Since the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us,” a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial, she has resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash from the case intensified. Seated at the table from left are Fairstein, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and Ellen Levin, whose daughter Jennifer Levin was murdered in 1986. (AP Photo/Charles Wenzelberg, File)

Linda Fairstein is up against karma and karma is winning. Once a celebrated prosecutor and author, now Fairstein is losing a lot for her role in the Central Park Five case.

Since Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” series premiered on Netflix, Fairstein has received immense backlash for her role in condemning the five innocent Black and Latino New York teens to prison for a brutal rape they didn’t commit.

First she was dropped by her longtime book publisher Dutton, then released by her literary agency ICM Partners. She’s also resigned from several non-profit boards including: Vassar College, Safe Horizon, God’s Love We Deliver and Joyful Heart Foundation, Associated Press (AP) reported. Because the organizations do great work, Fairstein said she didn’t want them to suffer due to a “mob mentality.”

In DuVernay’s dramatic retelling of the case, Fairstein and her team are portrayed as being racist and having little regard for lack of evidence against the boys.

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Fairstein lashed out against the portrayal and defended the way she and her colleagues handled the case in an op-ed published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). In it, she accuses the series of being full of falsehoods and an “outright fabrication.”

“Ms. DuVernay’s film attempts to portray me as an overzealous prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them. None of this is true,” Fairstein wrote.

That only made matters worse according to Above The Law. Social media users, including DuVerna, went in on Fairstein’s ‘defense’ – telling her she didn’t have a problem with the mob mentality when they ‘mobbed’ the Central Park Five.

Oh how the tables have turned. It doesn’t feel good when the shoe is on the other foot.