Nassau County District Attorney

Convicted Sex Offender Sues District Attorney

Jesse Friedman served 13 years in prison after confessing to molesting children.  He continues fighting to clear his name with the help of Andrew Jarecki.  It was announced last month that convicted sex offender Jesse Friedman’s law suit against Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice will proceed.  Friedman filed a suit against the DA  and two of her aides for defamation.  After initially dismissing Friedman’s suit, the judge has now decided to let Friedman proceed with his case.

This law suit filed on behalf of Friedman, with the support of director Andrew Jarecki, has sparked a controversial debate:

If convicted of child molestation in the court of law, is it right for the offender to sue for defamation?

It is important to put ourselves in the shoes of Friedman’s victims, and victims family members.  How do they feel?  How do the victims feel seeing their attacker fight to clear his name after being convicted by a jury?   Even after the Nassau County Review Team conducted a reinvestigation of the case as requested, the conviction was upheld.  The report stated the original conviction against Friedman was justified.

In fact, the reinvestigation found several errors made by Andrew Jarecki while producing his film, Capturing the Friedmans.  Jarecki’s intention of his film Capturing the Friedman’s has been under scrutiny for a long time.  His failure to comply with the investigation team revealed his true intentions of the film: to create ambiguity and manipulate the victims to portray Jesse Friedman in a certain light.   This ambiguity created would earn Jarecki a storm of media attention and millions of dollars.

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New York Post: Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki Biased In Favor Of Friedman

Andrew Jarecki

Andrew Jarecki: Advocate for a convicted child molester?

After the original conviction against Jesse Friedman, the Nassau County DA was pressured into conducting a reinvestigation of the case, according to Newsday.  The Review Team took three years to conduct the full reinvestigation, that resulted in the reaffirmation of Jesse Friedman’s guilty conviction.  The report also blasted filmmaker Andrew Jarecki for being biased in Friedman’s favor.

When the Nassau Country District Attorney submitted the results of their reinvestigation of Jesse Friedman,  the report revealed Jesse Friedman was caught with pornographic material in his prison cell.  According to the New York Post,

“Prison disciplinary records show that Friedman was caught possessing a magazine photograph depicting two nude children, and was punished for writing allegedly fictional accounts of bestiality, incest and child rape…”

The reinvestigation determined that original sanctions against convicted child molester, whom director Andrew Jarecki continues to advocate for, were accurate and were upheld.

 

Andrew Jarecki’s Film Investigated by District Attorney

In June 2013, after a three-year reinvestigation of Jesse Friedman’s case, the Nassau County DA concluded that their findings of the reinvestigation “Only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender.”

A main focus of the reinvestigation by the review team, were the actions of the film’s producers, including director Andrew Jarecki.

Much of the public debate surrounding Jarecki’s controversial film, is Jarecki’s push to turn Jesse Friedman’s alleged innocence into a controversial, self-serving, public relations campaign.  Furthermore, the reinvestigation noted that Jarecki was not forthcoming with evidence that he had access to.

Jarecki chose to share only partial evidence, “thereby rendering it of poor evidentiary quality,” according to the Review Team.

Learn more about the truth of Andrew Jarecki:

Conviction Integrity Review: Nassau County DA Reinvestigation

Twitter : Follow Andrew Jarecki’s Activity

Watch the truth:  Andrew Jarecki Lies on YouTube

“He Felt ‘Tricked’ By Andrew Jarecki”

In the Conviction Integrity Review: People V. Jesse Friedman, conducted by Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, it was revealed that a witness (Witness 14) had felt tricked by filmmaker Andrew Jarecki.

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki Tricked Witness

“In an edited interview done by the filmmakers, Witness 14 specifically disclaimed acts he once described to police in sworn statements. But, in light of the entire interview, and the witness’s subsequent statements to the Review Team, the ‘recantation’ is not credible. For instance, though Witness 14 told the filmmakers that he did not recall being abused by the Friedmans, he went on to state unequivocally that others were abused—’stuff really did happen,’ he said, and added that pornography was present in the classroom. And Witness 14 also balked at participating in an attempt to exonerate Jesse Friedman: ‘I’m certainly not, not going to sit there and let Jesse Friedman off the hook for what . . . he did to people that I know about.’ […] He explained that he had not told his wife or his children anything about his involvement in the 1987 case, and that he was upset to learn that his previous conversation with Andrew Jarecki had been covertly recorded. In late April, 2013, Witness 14 was informed that Jesse’s attorney, Ron Kuby, was seeking a court order requiring disclosure of witness statements to police, and grand jury testimony. In response, Witness 14 hired counsel, and informed the Review Team that he felt ‘tricked’ by Andrew Jarecki, and that he stood by the statement he made to the Review Team.”

 

Read the full reinvestigation that highlights the manipulative tactics used by Andrew Jarecki online at Nassaucountyny.gov.

Andrew Jarecki Calls District Attorney’s Investigation “Superficial”

In an interview with the Daily News, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki refers to the Nassau County district attorney’s investigation as a “superficial probe.”  Jarecki felt that his own investigation was “far more thorough” than the district attorney’s.

How thorough was Jarecki’s research? Not thorough at all, as highlighted in the three-year reinvestigation conducted by the Nassau County district attorney.

It was a documentary loaded with fiction,” as stated by the Daily News. “The Nassau County DA’s office blasted the 2003 film ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ as misleading, and accused the moviemakers of interfering with the probe they were responsible for reopening. The report said the filmmakers misrepresented comments from an investigator and the judge presiding over the case, and took at face value comments by one victim that he was ‘hypnotized,’ when there’s no evidence of such.”

By claiming his own personal investigation is superior to the district attorney’s investigation, Andrew Jarecki insults the investigators of the Nassau County district attorney’s office, as well as the victims.  In fact, the reinvestigation revealed that Andrew Jarecki would not hand over some of the evidence under his control, and refused to hand over the unedited versions of interviews used in the production of his film.  Andrew Jarecki has no regard for the emotional damage inflicted upon the victims.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse can have damaging effects not only on the victims, but also on the families and community as they must address the aftermath of abuse.  School staff, family members, friends and neighbors all play important roles in preventing and responding to child abuse.  When the issue of child abuse is not taken seriously or even disregarded, this can lead to further damaging effects on the social and emotional well-being of the victims and victims families.

Several reports, including a reinvestigation led by the Nassau County District Attorney of Jesse Friedman’s case, for which film director Andrew Jarecki used as the subject of his controversial film, “Capturing the Friedmans,” indicate that Jarecki had no regard for the victims or victims families involved in the case.  The Leadership Council reported:

“Our research into the case shows that the director [Andrew Jarecki] of the film sacrificed truth in favor of creating artistic ambiguity. Clear evidence is omitted and facts are distorted. In addition, the film relies on popular but erroneous myths about child sexual abuse. As a result, uncertainty is created about the guilt of two confessed pedophiles — who are recast as victims — while the real victims — the boys and their families — are portrayed as untrustworthy.”

Read more information about the deceit perpetrated by Andrew Jarecki on Facebook.

During the month of April, several events and activities took place across the country to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Although the awareness month has come to a close, you can support families and protect children all year round. Even the smallest acts can help protect children, strengthen families, promote traits that help protect families and prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

Visit the American Human Association website for donation information, or donations can be made to Pinwheels For Prevention.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends “Big Pinwheel Garden” at Navy Pier, Chicago, to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month and promote the pinwheel as the symbol for healthy starts for all children.

NY Daily News: Andrew Jarecki Failed To Provide Comprehensive Account

In an article published by the New York Daily News, Dareh Gregorian exposes film director Andrew Jarecki for failing to provide a comprehensive account of entire case against Jesse Friedman, for which was the basis of Jarecki’s film, ‘Capturing the Friedmans’.

The conclusion reached by the Nassau County District Attorney’s three-year reinvestigation into the case, was that Jesse Friedman, was not wrongfully convicted.  The 172-page report also criticized director Andrew Jarecki for using misleading, out-of-context snippets of interviews to further his campaign to absolve Friedman and to create ambiguity in his film.

“‘Capturing the Friedmans’ was a provocative and entertaining movie, but it was not an exhaustive account of the entire case against Jesse Friedman. The Review Team had to go behind the excerpts and sound bites that the producers used in the film and other ‘reels’ and exhibits the producers have produced over the course of this re-investigation,”

According to the Daily News, the Nassau County District Attorney’s report also claimed Andrew Jarecki would not hand over some of the evidence under his control.  Withheld evidence included:

  • Unedited versions of interviews with Jesse Friedman
  • Unedited versions of interviews with Jesse Friedman family members
  • Unedited versions of interviews with another co-defendant involved in the case

Furthermore, Andrew Jarecki told the Daily News that he felt his investigation was far more thorough than the “DA’s ‘superficial’ probe.”

Andrew Jarecki continues to face a great deal of scrutiny for the deceitful tactics he used while making his film, ‘Capturing the Friedmans’.

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