Legal future murky for Tankleff following release

Martin Tankleff enjoyed a full day outside of prison Friday, but some murky legal waters could lie ahead for the man who spent 17 years behind bars. Tankleff was released on $1 million bail Thursday,

News 12 Staff

Dec 29, 2007, 12:15 AM

Updated 6,049 days ago

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Martin Tankleff enjoyed a full day outside of prison Friday, but some murky legal waters could lie ahead for the man who spent 17 years behind bars.
Tankleff was released on $1 million bail Thursday, days after an appeals court overturned his conviction for the 1988 murders of his parents.
Jay Salpeter, private investigator and close friend of Tankleff, says the newly freed man is again trying to clear his name and preparing for the possibility of another trial.
A retrial would mean producing evidence and witnesses, both new and old. That could be difficult to do, according to defense attorney Tom Liotti.
Liotti says Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spotta should dismiss the charges for lack of evidence, which is another option in the case. A plea deal for no more jail time may also be offered. A special prosecutor could be brought in to handle a retrial of the case.
Tankleff could take legal action of his own and file a civil suit against Suffolk County for the 17 years he spent in prison. However, legal experts say that could be difficult to win, because he must be able to prove his innocence.
There has been no comment from Spotta?s office on any of these possibilities.
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For previous News 12 Long Island coverage on the Tankleff case for the past 20 years, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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