In 1988, at the height of a national hysteria involving false child sex abuse cases,18 year old Jesse Friedman was sent to prison, wrongfully convicted of hundreds of violent sexual crimes alleged to have occurred in after school computer classes conducted by his father. As documented in our film Capturing the Friedmans, there was never a shred of physical or medical evidence these crimes occurred, police threatened or rewarded small children to elicit false testimony, and the judge in the case admitted there was “never a doubt in [her] mind as to their guilt” despite never having seen any evidence.
After viewing the evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, ruled that there was a "reasonable likelihood [Jesse Friedman] was wrongfully convicted,” and his “guilty plea was coerced." After years of collecting and reviewing every available piece of evidence, we remain compelled to speak out against this wrongful conviction and to overturn it.
We are not asking for financial support – our small team of lawyers and investigators work on Jesse’s behalf for free. We ask only that you review the evidence for yourself and consider signing our petition.