More than 18 years after he pleaded guilty to child sex crimes he now says he didn’t commit, Jesse Friedman says he has a glimmer of hope in his quest to clear his name. Friedman, 38, the Long Island, New York, resident who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Capturing the Friedmans,” has been granted a federal court hearing to examine whether prosecutors wrongfully withheld evidence that police hypnotized at least one of his young accusers. The hearing likely will take place in September, Newsday reports.
In 1987, Friedman and his father, Arnold, were arrested on charges that they sodomized more than a dozen students during computer classes in the basement of the Friedmans’ home. Both Friedmans pleaded guilty to the charges. The elder Friedman committed suicide in 1995 while serving a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison. The son was paroled in 2001. Jesse Friedman launched a drive to overturn his conviction following the 2003 release of the documentary, which raised issues with the police investigation and prosecution of his case.