- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has recused herself from a hearing for a sex offender who says he is innocent in a 1980s molestation case that was featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1FuJiuZ ) reports acting State Supreme Court Justice Teresa Corrigan recused herself to avoid an appearance that her impartiality would be questioned. She had worked in the Nassau County district attorney’s office during a recent review of his case.

Jesse Friedman says he was coerced into pleading guilty in 1988 to sexually abusing boys who took computer classes. His father, Arnold, also pleaded guilty and later killed himself in prison.

Friedman was released in 2001 but wants to clear his name.

The case was the subject of a 2003 documentary called “Capturing the Friedmans.”

Prosecutors say they believe Friedman’s conviction will be upheld.

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This story has been corrected to show that the judge wanted to avoid an appearance that her impartiality would be questioned, not that she wanted to avoid an appearance of impartiality.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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