Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Framed for Murder
--Jamie Floyd, 360 contributor

Well the new year is here and I rang it in at a Marty Party.

As in, Martin Tankleff who has spent the last 17 years in prison for a crime he didnt commit. In 1990, Tankleff, then just a teenager, was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents.

After hours of interrogation with no adults other than the investigating officers present and in response to lies told to him about his father's dying words, Marty made something of an admission, which he recanted immediately and the written version of which he never signed.

Now, nearly two decades later, owing to the relentless efforts of former NYPD detective Jay Salpeter and a team of pro bono lawyers headed up by Bruce Barkett, Marty is free.

Salpeter has uncovered evidence that implicates a business partner to the family. What's worse, the evidence indicates the complicity of police in framing Marty.

In a strongly worded opinion, issued just before Christmas, an appellate court ruled that Marty is entitled to a new trial and ordered that he be freed.

The fight for exoneration is not over for this young man, who told me during a prison visit last month that he has yet to grieve for his parents. But for Marty and his supporters, it was a very Happy New Year indeed.
Posted By CNN: 5:34 PM ET
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Thanks for bringing this story to our attention Jamie. What happened to this young man is everyone's nightmare; I'm glad there are people who are working to help end Marty's. I just wonder how many others just like him are in our prison system.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 8:34 PM ET
it is stories like this that kept me from law school. i thought about it, i did internships, i got the grades, but i didn't have either a strong enough or weak enough (depending on your view) moral compass to handle defending someone i thought was guilty or prosecuting someone i thought might be innocent. though our justice system works, it's not perfect. this is evidence of obvious flaws. i hope it's getting better: forensic science advances every day, civil rights are in better hands, etc. but i'm still horrified that things like this happen to ordinary people. i'm glad this story has a happier ending, but i am sure that is no comfort for the marty's of the world.
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