The report below by Jeane Macintosh, from the New York Post, may result in an exoneration. If so, it will send shock waves throughout the (Jewish) world. I can’t get my head around it. While we must pursue each and every abuser and encourage the abused to speak up, it seems beyond belief that so many people would seemingly “gang up” to put someone away without any truth to the accusations. Everyone has rights, and at the same time, it is equally not acceptable to issue a guilty plea (bargain) if/when one knows they have been set up.
If someone knows more about this case and can explain to me what the heck happened, please let us know. It’s a potential shrek, really. Fourteen people?
‘Capturing the Friedmans’ convict Jesse Friedman awaits DA’s report that could expose wrongful conviction – 25 years later
Twenty-five years after his controversial Long Island child-molestation conviction, the subject of an Oscar-nominated movie about the controversial case may get an apology from prosecutors.
Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice will soon release a report that could exonerate Jesse Friedman, who spent 13 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1998 to abusing 14 kids in his father’s home-computer class.
The case was chronicled in the 2003 documentary “Capturing the Friedmans.”
The convict has contended all along that he was railroaded into a bogus confession by overzealous cops and prosecutors, and nearly all of the alleged victims have backed him up.
“When we really win this thing, it will hopefully inspire a lot more people,” Friedman told The Village Voice in an interview posted online yesterday.
Friedman has been out of jail since 2001.
Rice ordered the review three years ago — after previously refusing to do so — because new evidence emerged.
Last month, another critical witness broke a quarter-century of silence, walked into Rice’s offices and recanted his accusations.
“I know how much exonerating evidence has been presented to the DA’s office,” Friedman said.
Friedman and his father, Arnold, who taught the classes from the family’s Great Neck home, were charged with the abuse after cops found that kiddie porn was delivered to Arnold at the house.
Additional reporting by Kieran Crowley