John Maher writes at Publishers Weekly:
Just two days after Mystery Writers of America announced that it would honor author Linda Fairstein as one of two of its Grand Masters for 2019, the organization withdrew the award following a public outcry over the bestselling crime novelist's role overseeing the prosecution of the Central Park Five, which ultimately led to wrongful conviction.
The board released a statement claiming they were "unaware of Ms. Fairstein's role in the controversy." (I'd argue that the Central Park Five case was a travesty and not a controversy, but whatever.) This marks the second literary controversy to reach a sensible conclusion in less than a week. I'm sure somewhere, someone is firing up their laptop to write an "actually, internet mobs are still bad" thinkpiece; I look forward to not reading that awful piece.