MINEOLA - A Nassau Supreme Court judge today ruled that District Attorney Kathleen Rice must turn over police records, interviews and grand jury testimony in convicted child molester Jesse Friedman's case.
Friedman and his father pleaded guilty 25 years ago to sexually abusing 13 boys at their Great Neck home. However, six of the alleged victims have since recanted their allegations.
Friedman spent more than a decade in prison. He says his confession was coerced and believes the ruling will prove his innocence so that he can clear his name.
The former law secretary to the original judge on the case wrote a letter to the judge in which he supported Friedman and the release of documents. He says that all the evidence has made him question the fairness of the prosecution.
In a statement, Rice says, "We are disappointed by the decision and will absolutely be appealing and expecting to prevail on behalf of the victims in a higher court."