MINEOLA, N.Y. – A New York judge has ordered the release of 25-year-old documents used in the prosecution of a man who is seeking to clear his name in a child molestation case.
Judge F. Dana Winslow granted a request from Jesse Friedman, whose conviction was highlighted in the 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary "Capturing the Friedmans." The lawyers want to review grand jury testimony and transcripts of witness interviews.
Nassau County prosecutors had opposed the release. They cite concerns about victims' privacy.
Friedman and his father pleaded guilty in 1988 to abusing 13 children in their Great Neck, Long Island, home. Jesse Friedman was released from prison in 2001, but has tried for more than a decade to clear his name.
Earlier this year, the DA's office issued a report calling Friedman's conviction proper.