|Mount Vernon, New York
|Attorney, Author, Actress
|Justin Feldman (n,1987 died 2011) Michael Goldberg (2014)
|72 years old
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Linda Fairstein is an inspirational American diva working as an attorney and an author to ensure justice for crimes against women and children. She received great limelight when she oversaw the prosecution of the Central Park Five case.
The 72-year-old diva is active in the industry since 1996 to date and accumulates enormous net worth and reputation out of her works.
Linda Fairstein in the Much Talked Central Park Five Case
The Attorney diva superintended the prosecution of the famous 1989 case of Central Park Five case. In the particular case, five teenagers where four were African-American and one Hispanic were guilty and accused of rape and assault of a white female jogger.
However, things changed as the court vacated convictions as Matias Reyes, a serial killer and rapist, confessed to being the sole culprit to the case. For verification, DNA testing showed that his semen was on the victim to prove Fairstein wrong. The confession left her shocked as she still believed that the wrongfully convicted guys were guilty.
Fairstein Left the Work of Attorney
Following the confession, she left the District Attorney’s office in 2002 and started to work as a consultant, writer, lecturer, and sex crime expert. She provided her services to different high profile media houses like CNN, MSNBC, and Larry King.
Fairstein is a Crime Novel Author
The American lawyer switched to a successful career in crime novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper and Devlin Quick series. Most of her writings inspire from her real-life cases and incidents.
The Kills, Hell Gate, Entombed, and Killer Heat are some of her best books. Furthermore, she also wrote Digging for Trouble and Sexual Violence: Our War against Rape.
Linda Fairstein’s Awards and Accolades
The multi-talented personality, Fairstein bagged different awards like Federal Bar Council’s Emory Buckner Award, and UJA Federation’s Proskauer award. Moreover, she won Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year award and Nero Wolfe Award.
Linda Fairstein in Netflix’s When They See Us
The New York-born author took things to the next level as she started to work on cameras on When They See Us. Taking inspiration from the 1989 Central Park jogger case, the Netflix show premiered in four parts on May 31, 2019.
Impressively, the mini-series received excellent reviews with an average rating of 8.34/10. According to the reputed critic, Rotten Tomatoes, the show had a score of 95%.
From all this, Linda Fairstein has collected a decent amount of fortune. As of 2019, she has an estimated $1 million as her total net worth.
Linda Fairstein’s Roller-Coaster Married Life
The renowned attorney, Linda Fairstein was first married to fellow lawyer Justin Feldman in 1987.
The pair were happily wedlock until the demise of her husband in 2011 at the age of 92.
Second Marriage with Michael Goldberg
After mourning for three years, Fairstein decided to marry again with lawyer Michael Goldberg. The two shared a long-term friendship and turned it to a marital affair on September 2014.
In fact, the happy couple was classmates at the University of Virginia School of Law, at Martha’s Vineyard. Currently, they live in the Upper East Side of New York.
Quick Facts: Linda Fairstein
- Even though, Fairstein grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, her father’s family were Russian Jews that migrated in the early 1900s.
- She graduated with a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1972.
- Likewise, she also holds a honors degree on English literature from Vassar College in 1989.
- Surprisingly, Fairstein’s book publisher Dutton dropped her after the release of her Netflix series.
- Besides the release of her Netflix show, she resigned from numerous non-profit boards after public-outrage.
- Impressively, she consulted high-profile cases like Michael Jackson’s molestation charges and Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault charges.
- Linda Fairstein also founded the Domestic Violence Committee of the New York Woman’s agenda.
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