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Letter: Friedman conviction should stand

Jesse Friedman sits in his lawyer's office in

Jesse Friedman sits in his lawyer's office in New York, where he was helping to prepare a motion to overturn his 1988 conviction on child sex abuse charges. (Jan. 7, 2004) Credit: AP

The article on Jesse Friedman's sex abuse case fails to mention some important facts ["Info sought in 1980s sex abuse case," News, April 22].

When Jesse Friedman pleaded guilty to 17 counts of sodomy in the first degree, he was represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney, and he admitted under oath that he was guilty of these heinous crimes. He was "pressured" by, as in most plea cases, the evidence of guilt arrayed against him. A few weeks later, after his guilty plea, he confessed to Geraldo Rivera on national television.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in 2010 decided nothing; it merely expressed the "hope" that the district attorney would undertake a complete review of the case. I believe it was based, to a large extent, not on evidence in the case but on "Capturing the Friedmans," a 2003 documentary. The movie was made to entertain, and of course, the self-serving statements in the movie were never subject to critical cross-examination.

Gennaro Pasquale, Oyster Bay

Editor's note: The writer is a lawyer.

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