Brown University

Friedman’s Lawyer Accuses Andrew Jarecki Of Coercion

Professor Ross Cheit of Brown University, and Project Director of The Recovered Memory Project, brings to light the manipulative tactics used by film director Andrew Jarecki in Capturing the Friedmans.  Professor Cheit has written several posts on his website educating others on the truth about Andrew Jarecki and his controversial film Capturing the Friedmans.

“John Anderson’s story in today’s New York Times explores the ethical issues involved in the relationship between documentary filmmakers and their subjects. Great topic. Too bad that Mr. Anderson, who wrote at length about Capturing the Friedmans, did not actually research the court file in the case. He would have found this remarkable letter from Sam Israel,  Jesse Friedman’s personal lawyer at the time,

accusing Andrew Jarecki of the same kind of coercion and manipulation that Jarecki attributes to law enforcement in the underlying case.

Mr. Anderson might also have found this description of an e-mail from Andrew Jarecki, telling Jesse Friedman’s lawyer at the time: “I’m not going to give you access to materials now. Wait. Wait for the press to build up a little more.” (Hearing, October 3, 2007, p.10)”

Jesse Friedman’s recent loss in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was based on the statute of limitations. Accordingly, there is a good argument that his appeal was doomed by how Andrew Jarecki exploited the matter. Not that Friedman would ever have won on the merits anyway. See, Critiquing “Capturing the Friedmans.”

What is The Recovered Memory Project? find out more here.