Writer Linda Fairstein’s past as a prosecutor overseeing the Central Park Five case causes award controversy
LA Times
November 27, 2018

“Mystery Writers of America announced the recipients of its 2019 Grand Master Award on Tuesday, but the announcement has been met with more outrage than celebration as one of the recipients is Linda Fairstein, the former head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan district attorney’s office who was instrumental in the wrongful conviction of five black teenagers accused of raping a white woman jogger in Central Park in 1989. It was a case that made headlines across the country and captivated television audiences, a story fueled by racial tensions and racist rhetoric.”

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