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Conviction Integrity Review - People v. Jesse Friedman - FINAL

Conviction Integrity Review - People v. Jesse Friedman - FINAL

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Table of Contents
Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................... iI. The Investigation And Prosecution Of Arnold And Jesse Friedman............................1
A. The Friedman Family ...............................................................................................1B.
Arnold Friedman’s Computer Classes
.....................................................................21. Classroom Organization...............................................................................32. Sessions and Class Membership ..................................................................4C.
Arnold Friedman’s
Abusive History ........................................................................4D. Federal Agents Arrest Arnold Friedman for Trading in Child Pornography...........6E.
The Nassau County Investigation’s First Phase
(Pre-State Search Warrant: November 3-25, 1987) .................................................71.
The NCPD’s Investigative Team and Procedures
.......................................72. Interview
Breakdown, and the Significance of “Negative” Reports
...........93. Initial Media Coverage ..............................................................................114. Witness Interviews .....................................................................................11F.
The Nassau County Investigation’s Second Phase
(November 25-December 17, 1987) ......................................................................141. The Search Warrant and Arrests ................................................................142. Continuing Media Coverage ......................................................................163. Additional Witness Interviews ...................................................................174. The First and Second Indictments..............................................................205. Notes on the Indictments ...........................................................................22G.
Arnold Friedman’s Guilty Plea and Sentence
........................................................22H.
The Nassau County Investigation’s Third Phase (December 17,
1987, to December 20, 1988) .................................................................................241. Final Witness Interviews............................................................................242.
Summary of Statements Concerning “Sex Games”
...................................273. Police Identify Three Potential Accomplices ............................................284. Media Coverage Subsequent to the Second Indictment ............................32I. Third Indictment (Nov. 7, 1988) ............................................................................33J.
Jesse Friedman’s
Guilty Plea .................................................................................351. Spring 1988: Jesse Hires Attorney Peter Panaro .......................................362. Autumn 1988: Panaro Retains Psychologists and Other Experts ..............373. Winter 1988: Jesse Explores His Options ..................................................404. Late Winter 1988-89: Plea and Sentencing ...............................................42
 
H. 1988
 – 
2001: From Jesse Frie
dman’s Guilty Plea to Release
..................................441. Jesse Friedman Reaffirms His Guilt on National Television.....................442.
Goldstein’s Guilty Plea
..............................................................................483. Arnold Friedman Considers Trying to Vacate his Guilty Plea ..................484.
Jesse’s Prison Term
....................................................................................49
II. Commencement, Scope, And Methods Of Review ........................................................51
A.
Capturing the Friedmans
.......................................................................................51B. Post-Conviction Litigation .....................................................................................52C.
The District Attorney’s Response
..........................................................................541. Record Privacy ...........................................................................................562. Witness Outreach Protocols .......................................................................57D. Standard of Review ................................................................................................581. Reasonable Probability ..............................................................................592. Vacatur in the Interests of Justice ..............................................................59E. Evidentiary Limitations .........................................................................................61
III.
Findings Of Fact: Jesse Friedman’s Principal Claims Do Not Demonstrate
a Reasonable Probability That He Was Wrongfully Convicted ..................................63
A. Claims of Inappropriate Police Questioning Are Exaggerated ..............................641. Detective
Anthony Squeglia’s Interview
...................................................652. Other Police Accounts Demonstrate Appropriate Questioning .................673. Some Witnesses Were Interviewed on Multiple Occasions;This Was Not Universal Practice or Necessarily Improper .......................684. Early Phase I and II Interviews Were Generally Characterized by Open, Non-Leading Questioning ..........................................................705.
The “Meyers Tape” Depicts an Interview Conducted to“Close Out” the Case, Not to Charge Jesse Friedman
...............................726. The Evidence Does Not Support the Allegation that PoliceUsed the Close-Out Statement to Generate Charges AgainstJesse Friedman ...........................................................................................737. Not All Suspects Were Prosecuted ............................................................758. Modern Best Practices ...............................................................................75B. The Review Team Found No Credible Evidence that Hypnosis WasUsed on Any Complainant .....................................................................................771. Doctors Denied That Hypnosis Elicited Charges ......................................782. The Only Witness Account to Describe Hypnosis Is Not Reliable ...........783. Nothing Else Suggests That Hypnosis Was Ever Used .............................79

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