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Jesse Friedman Wins Court Battle

Judge: Great Neck man convicted on child sex abuse charges in 1988 has right to examine case files.

Jesse Friedman then and now. Photo Credit: FreeJesse.org
Jesse Friedman then and now. Photo Credit: FreeJesse.org

This article was written by Jason Molinet.

Jesse Friedman, a former Great Neck resident who pleaded guilty to child molestation in 1988 as part of a larger case against his father, a former Bayside teacher, won an important victory in court Thursday.

The subject of the documentary, “Capturing the Friedmans,” will get to review all the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office case files against him after State Supreme Court Justice F. Dana Winslow granted the request, according to several reports. 

Attorney Ron Kuby filed the Freedom of Information Law request, which the D.A.’s office denied, and then took his plea to the court. 

The latest court ruling was celebrated by Friedman and his attorney.

"It's been 26 long years of struggling to obtain the evidence that we know exists that demonstrated that Jesse Friedman did not commit these crimes,"Kuby told Newsday. "In fact, no crimes have ever been connected."

Friedman, now 44, was released from prison in 2001. An appeals court in 2010 criticized the handling of the case. District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced in a 155-page June report that an independent advisory panel re-affirmed the child sex abuse conviction. 

Rice has until Tuesday to file an appeal.

Friedman's father, Arnold, was a retired Bayside High School science teacher.

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