Justice for Marty Tankleff

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hear new details about the case of Marty Tankleff, who served 17 years in prison before his conviction for the murder of his parents was overturned. He was released a year ago. Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter are co-authors of A Criminal Injustice; Salpeter was also the private eye who worked to get Marty out of prison.

Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter will be speaking and signing books at 7pm on Thursday January 15th at Book Revue on Long Island.
313 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743


Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter

Comments [13]

t. shelley from new york

just like soap opera's of the 50"s,the comedy show's of the 80's & 90 's. they take normal people lives, turn them upside down, then make a show out of it. this is far from humorous, because in real life the unknown/unwill partipates wind up dead. or there lives destroy. all for hollywood, an the imbelices that run it. greed,power,fame.

Dec. 30 2009 05:33 PM
Pete Fiorillo from Nassau County

The British arrested the very fine author Jeffrey Archer for his perjury in a civil matter. In the USA you get a medal for lying. It is what is expected. If you don't lie you will probably lose.

Jan. 11 2009 09:07 AM
hjs from 11211

al oof
i wasn't taught that in school
maybe we are thinking of the french and spanish legal system. i think there u are 'guilty until proven innocent'

Jan. 07 2009 03:01 PM
al oof from brooklyn

hey ro, i don't know about it's falsity, i can defer to you on that, but that is -definitely- what we are taught in school in the US, that that was how our judicial system differed from the british system: that here the burden of proof is on the prosecution, while there the burden of proof is on the defendant. go american school system, go!

ps. bill o'reilly thinks that our constitution was -not- based on the bill of rights. the quote is that he 'refuses to believe it'. obviously, education is lacking here.

Jan. 07 2009 02:53 PM
Ro from SoHo

Forgive me Karen from Westchester (7) but one is certainly not 'guilty until proven innocent' in the British court system!

What pray, do you think the American judicial system was modelled after originally...?

As a British-American I resent your spreading this obnoxious falsity!

Jan. 07 2009 01:02 PM
al oof from brooklyn

" "I want a lawyer" is treated as equivalent to "I did it" on some of these shows."

seriously, i totally agree with this. they try to show the police as 'fallable' because they sometimes are wrong. at first! but justice is always 'served'.

don't forget about the central park jogger case. those poor kids served out whole sentences before dna proved they hadn't done it at all. and the jogger case was in the news for -years-, and affected people's perception of the park profoundly, but the news of their exoneration got maybe (maybe) a weeks worth of coverage.

Jan. 07 2009 12:44 PM
Karen from Westchester

Somebody needs to take this as a ball and run with it to bring it to public consciousness and public outrage if this is all too common a story. Someone in Hollywood or New York needs to make this into a box office movie. Politically this should not end with a book, but local corruption does not get cleaned up historically, not even at a large city level such as Chicago, certainly not among characters in courts and local politics as described in this story. Very very sad. In Britain you are guilty until proven innocent, but are they as corrupt at a local level? Scotland Yard has more nobility than that. In their culture of course the story gets ugly with the Irish question. The Constitution of the United States of America is only as great as we make it.

Jan. 07 2009 12:41 PM
Siouxie from Brooklyn

My heart goes out to Mr Tankleff. To lose both your parents and be wrongly sentenced to hard time for their murders is more than any person should have to bear.

I hope he can put the past behind him and get beyond the great injustice he suffered.

Jan. 07 2009 12:40 PM
Hugh from Crown Heights

The most depressing aspect of this case is the sheer number of comparable cases. The Times ran a photo a few months ago of an African American man finally cleared (on the basis of DNA, I think) after years in prison (on death row).

Unlike Marty Tankleff, he is much older. His life was stolen from him.

How many others like Tankleff are there? Why do prosecutors so routinely resist even the most minimal reconsideration of past cases?

Jan. 07 2009 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Has anyone looked into whether Det. McCready coerced false confessions in any other cases? How many other innocent people might he have sent to jail?

And I agree w/Jennifer. It's gotten to the point where "I want a lawyer" is treated as equivalent to "I did it" on some of these shows.

Jan. 07 2009 12:23 PM
Hugh from Crown Heights

I assume that we won't see Nancy "Guilty til Proved Innocent" Grace or any the other "true crime" television figures covering Tankleff's case.

Jan. 07 2009 12:22 PM
Hugh from Crown Heights

What has happened to the people central to the case who seem to have gotten away with misconduct or worse? The detective. The original prosecutor. And the likely killer?

Jan. 07 2009 12:11 PM
jennifer from manhattan

Do the guests think that the entertainment industry's depiction of law enforcement-- where the police and prosecutors are always right and the suspects always guilty--are eroding the robustness of our criminal justice system?

Jan. 07 2009 12:09 PM

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