Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein’s Downfall Continues As She’s Forced to Resign from Nonprofit, Alma Mater Boards

Novelist and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein, who is facing renewed backlash over her role in the wrongful convictions of the Central Park Five, has resigned as a trustee at her alma mater, Vassar College.

On Tuesday, victim services nonprofit Safe Horizon confirmed Fairstein had also stepped down from its board.

The investigator-turned-mystery author has come under fire following the release of the new Netflix series “When They See Us,” which dramatizes the story of the five Black and Latino teens wrongfully convicted in the rape of a female jogger in 1989. Fairstein, who headed up the Manhattan D.A.’s sex crimes unit at the time, was instrumental in coercing the false confessions that landed the teens in prison.

The best-selling author is now scrambling to go off the grid, shuttering her social media accounts and abandoning her posts on two charity boards as the outrage against her mounts.

“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,” Elizabeth H. Bradley, Vassar College President, wrote in a statement posted online.

“The events of the last few days have underscored how the history of racial and ethnic tensions in this country continue to deeply influence us today,” she continued. “My hope is that our continued debate and discord fosters a community of profound learning and humanity.”

Late Tuesday, a representative with Safe Horizon confirmed to Atlanta Black Star that Fairstein, 71, had resigned from its board of directors, on which she’d served for more than 20 years.













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