Martin Tankleff had just turned seventeen when he was arrested in the murder of his parents in their Long Island home. He was sentenced to fifty-years- to-life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 2040. After more than seventeen years in prison, Tankleff’s conviction was vacated by the New York State Appellate Division, in December of 2007. On July 22, 2008, a judge signed off on a motion by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to dismiss all charges against Tankleff. A State Supreme Court Justice dismissed all charges against him. Now forty years old, Marty attends law school at Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York. Additionally, he works as a paralegal at Quadrino Schwartz of Garden City, New York, where he assists the firm’s attorneys in defending clients in civil and criminal matters, including wrongful conviction cases. He has also established a Prisoners Rights and Civil Rights Litigation Group. Tankleff speaks audiences around the country about the issue of wrongful convictions, bringing a unique perspective to his work and mission.
*Additional sponsorship for this lecture is provided by the Departments of Sociology and Psychology and the Institute for Family Forensics.
For more information, contact Dr. Liena Guervich, Criminology Program Director, at 516-463-5591.