Tankleff details plight to Democratic state senators

Martin Tankleff testified before a state Senate committee looking into wrongful convictions Wednesday, just two days after he learned he will not be retried for his parents? 1988 murders. Now a free

News 12 Staff

Jul 2, 2008, 11:04 PM

Updated 5,854 days ago

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Martin Tankleff testified before a state Senate committee looking into wrongful convictions Wednesday, just two days after he learned he will not be retried for his parents? 1988 murders.
Now a free man, Tankleff is dedicating his time to help state lawmakers and defense attorneys pass legislation to keep innocent people out of jail.
"I was one of the fortunate ones, there's too many men in prison that don't get that luck," he said.
Tankleff told the New York State Senate Democratic Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform he wrote 50,000 letters while in prison and doesn?t want anyone else to have to go through what he had to.
State Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan) is sponsoring a bill that would create a commission to uphold the integrity of the criminal justice system. He wants to make video recording of police interrogations and preservation of DNA evidence mandatory. The commission would also force police to conduct fair and more impartial eyewitness lineup reforms.
Tankleff is studying sociology at Hofstra University and plans on obtaining a law degree.
To watch Tankleff discussing his testimony, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


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