Viewers of the Oscar-winning documentary Capturing the Friedmans will likely remember that Jesse Friedman, the son of Arnold Friedman, was accused and convicted in 1988 of molesting 13 children at a computer class in Great Neck, New York. It's pretty hard to forget the Friedmans' harrowing case as presented by Capturing the Friedmans, which points out that much of the case against the Friedmans' was based on the testimony of easily manipulated kids that were encouraged to testify against the Friedmans. It's a case that led to both Arnold and Jesse's conviction and eventually to Arnold's suicide in prison.

Now Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice plans on revisiting the case that probably wrongfully convicted Jesse Friedman, now 40 years old and paroled in 2001. According to the Huffington Post, Rice's decision "comes a day after a federal appeals court criticized police, prosecutors and the judge who handled the case against Arnold and Jesse Friedman." Jesse Friedman's latest appeal was rejected on technical grounds as a judge ruled that, "The record here suggests 'a reasonable likelihood' that Jesse Friedman was wrongfully convicted...the police, prosecutors and the judge did everything they could to coerce a guilty plea and avoid a trial."
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