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Jesse Friedman Seeks to Overturn Conviction

FMSF News Alert - April 7, 2013

Dear Friends,

FMSF Canadian contact Adriaan Mak, whom many of you know personally or from his letters and articles in the newsletter, has called our attention to current efforts in the Jesse Friedman case. He thought that some readers might wish to share their views.

The first time we wrote about Jesse Friedman was in March of 2004.

"A common thread among those who say that they were falsely accused of abuse, such as Kelly Michaels and George Franklin, has been the effort to clear their names. Parents who were not prosecuted feel the same. One father wrote to us saying that he wanted to "stand on the rooftop and shout to the world, ‘I am innocent.’" Sadly, few people falsely accused have received or are likely ever to receive an apology. In this Newsletter issue, you will read that Jesse Friedman has filed a lawsuit against prosecutors. Jesse said: "I’ve been waiting 16 years now to prove my innocence." Jesse’s suit uses new evidence found in the making of the documentary "Capturing the Friedmans," which has been nominated for an Academy Award."

Jesse Friedman was just a kid in 1989, a teenager, when he was convicted along with his father of abusing boys who came to the Friedman home in Great Neck, Long Island (NY) for help in math. Andrew Jarecki’s documentary film "Capturing the Friedman" explains the background, the use of hypnosis and the use of suggestive interrogation that led a teenager to make a false confession.

Ever since his release in 2001, Jesse has been fighting to clear his name and have the case overturned. Adriaan Mak thought that FMSF members might be interested in reading a petition, which can be found at www.Change.Org.

If you want to read more about this case, you will find a list of articles at: The New York Times