News Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein dropped by book publisher amid backlash Amid mounting outrage, Linda Fairstein resigned from several charity boards and the Vassar College board of trustees earlier this week. Linda Fairstein, shown on Nov. 15, 2004, has been dropped by her book publisher amid backlash over how she is portrayed in "When They See Us," a Netflix series about the Central Park Five case. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Paul Hawthorne By Lauren Cook email@example.com @L_Cook865 Updated June 7, 2019 6:17 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Linda Fairstein, who led the prosecution of the Central Park Five case 30 years ago, is feeling the wrath of the court of public opinion following the release of the Netflix series "When They See Us." The New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen mystery novels was dropped by her publisher, Dutton Books, on Friday, The Associated Press reported. Her most recent book, "Blood Oath," was released in March. A request for comment from Fairstein was not immediately returned. The decision was announced just days after Fairstein resigned from several charity boards and the Vassar College board of trustees amid growing outrage over her role in the wrongful convictions of five teens accused of attacking and brutally raping a woman in Central Park in April 1989. Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist, claimed sole responsibility for the attack in 2002, and his DNA matched genetic material found at the scene. Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise served between 5 and 12 years but all of them had been released before their convictions were vacated later that year. Although Fairstein did not prosecute the case in court – that would be Elizabeth Lederer, who still works for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office – she was at the helm of the sex crimes unit responsible for the investigation. She has maintained her belief that Wise, Salaam, Richardson, McCray and Santana were properly charged in the case, even after they were exonerated. In "When They See Us," a four-part drama series directed by Ava DuVernay, Fairstein (played by Felicity Huffman) is portrayed as a purveyor of injustice who refers to the teens as "animals" and helps Lederer weave a successful argument against them despite conflicting confessions and a lack of physical evidence tying them to the crime. Following the series' debut on May 31, more than a dozen petitions were created on Change.org, with demands ranging from a boycott of her books to criminal prosecution. By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org @L_Cook865 Lauren joined amNY.com as a news editor in 2016. Previously, she worked as a web producer at CBS New York and News 12. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Linda Fairstein faces backlash over 'When They See Us'Fairstein has resigned from the boards of three nonprofits as well as the Vassar College board of trustees. A look at where the Central Park 5 are nowThe Netflix series "When They See Us," tells the stories of the five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of attacking and raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989. Central Park 5, 'When They See Us' cast will sit down with Oprah WinfreyThe chat, called "When They See Us Now," will premiere on Netflix and Oprah Winfrey's OWN on Wednesday, June 12, at 10 p.m. Filming 'When They See Us' in NY prisons changed Jharrel JeromeThe actor who portrayed Korey Wise says he "brought the work home every day. I couldn't sleep." Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.