Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Tankleff Case
and the Problem of Unjust Convictions

Marty Tankleff had just turned 17 when he was arrested for killing his parents, Seymour and Arlene Tankleff, in their home on Long Island, NY. Based on an unsigned "confession" extracted from him following hours of interrogation by a detective, Mr. Tankleff was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life. After 17 years in prison, Mr. Tankleff's conviction was vacated by the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, in December of 2007. On July 22, 2008, a judge signed off on a motion by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to dismiss all charges against Mr. Tankleff.

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