During a failed campaign to become New York's attorney general, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice promised to re-examine a notorious Long Island sex-abuse case from the 1980s. The case, featured in the documentary film “Capturing the Friedmans,” ended in the conviction of 18-year-old Jesse Friedman and his father Arnold for molesting children attending a computer school run out of the family home in Great Neck, N.Y. Rice has selected four independent experts, including Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck, to re-examine the case, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Scheck will be joined by Patrick Harnett, a 32-year veteran of the New York Police Department; Susan Herman, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Pace University; and Mark Pomerantz, a former high-ranking prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan. In the fall of 1987, customs agents intercepted child pornography addressed to Arnold Friedman and obtained a list of 81 students in computer classes taught at his home. After police interviewed the students, the Friedmans were charged with child sexual abuse. Prosecutors had no physical evidence and relied on the students’ allegations. Both Friedmans pleaded guilty; Arnold Friedman committed suicide in prison in 1995. After being denied parole four times, Jesse Friedman was paroled in 2001.