False Confessions Blog

Why Has the Civil Rights Community Never Embraced the Wrongfully Convicted?

Are the wrongfully convicted invisible? The press all gathers when they get released, but generally ignores our struggle when we are imprisoned. This issue has been gnawing at my gut all the years I have worked on wrongful convictions: Why has the civil rights community ignored the wrongfully convicted?

The other evening, sitting  with a small group of men who had served a hundred years in New York State prisons as a result of the Brooklyn DA and Det. Louis Scarcella- Families of the Wrongfully Convicted, – a New York Times reporter asked us if we have gotten a lot of  support from the civil rights community, Black Lives Matter, NAACP, criminal justice reform groups? We looked at each other and of course said NO!…Never have any of us received a note, a mention or anything else from progressive civil rights groups, and we began by discussing why.

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Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice Sued for Defamation By Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman, who was wrongfully convicted for child sexual abuse in a mass hysteria case in 1988, chronicled in the Oscar nominated film, Capturing the Friedmans, filed a defamation suit against Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice for knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements in a report summarizing her review of Friedman’s 1988 conviction. The suit names Kathleen Rice, in her official capacity as Nassau DA and individually, as well as her public information officers John Byrne and Shams Tarek.

Rice’s Report and the accompanying press release issued in June 2013, included dozens of false statements. In one example, DA Rice made the fabricated claim that Jesse Friedman, “wrote, possessed and distributed” shocking pornography involving incest, bestiality, and child rape while in prison, and was punished for it. The DA provided as proof a printout of a series of shocking pornographic stories. The report was widely distributed to the public and leaked to the tabloid media by her office. The DA’s report also includes a false psychological evaluation by a discredited psychologist. Read more...


A brutal rape and murder, followed by eight arrests, five confessions, and one DNA match. How did the Norfolk Virginia police go from one assailant to eight? And why would four of these men confess to a brutal crime they didn’t commit? Watch!

Detroit Free Press

View the videos of a 13-year-old child incriminating his father in the rape of his sister. The father was innocent. Click here to watch the videos.