News Flash: Judge Orders Release of Friedman Document

Dan Bagnoula, a spokesman for the Nassau County courts, has confirmed that Supreme Court Justice F. Dana Winslow this morning ordered the Nassau County District Attorneys Office to give a huge cache of documents to Jesse Friedman, who is fighting to clear his name and vacate his guilty plea to having sodomized and sexually abused pre-adolescent boys attending computer classes at his family’s Great Neck home during the 1980s. Justice Winslow, at the close of a 90 minute hearing,  ordered the release of all records maintained by the Nassau County Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, including grand jury minutes, related to the 1988 case, according to Bagnoula.

Justice Winslow, however, stayed his order until Aug. 27, to give Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice an opportunity to seek a stay the ruling from the Appellate Division, Second Department in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Rice said she will appeal the ruling. In her statement, Rice called for closure for the “victims in this case” after “more than two decades, several guilty pleas, a complete appeals process and independent re-investigation.”


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