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    NY - Seymour, 62, & Arlene Tankleff, 52, Belle Terre, LI, 7 Sept 1988

    48 Hours" (CBS) will air another hour on Marty's case on Saturday, July 15, at a special time: 9:00 p.m. Expect reporting on new developments since the last show aired, e.g., an interview with Joseph Guarascio, who said his father, Joey "Guns" Creedon, told him of his involvement in the Tankleff murders.
    Please if this is in wrong spot, please moderators put it in right spot. Thanks!
    I believe this young man is in prison for the crime of others.
    Amy

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    NY - Martin Tankleff ... Murder Conviction Overturned ... Presumed Innocent

    "It's "probable" a second jury would acquit him because cops tricked him into confessing and his lawyers have uncovered new evidence.

    "It appears the [Suffolk] County Court never considered the cumulative effect of the new evidence created a probability that had such evidence been received at the trial, the verdict would have been more favorable to [Tankleff]," the judges wrote.
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    Tankleff, who was convicted in 1990, has been behind bars for more than 17 years for stabbing and bludgeoning his adopted parents, Arlene and Seymour, on Sept. 7, 1988.

    Suffolk County detectives extracted a confession from Tankleff after tricking him into thinking his father had fingered him on his deathbed.

    Tankleff, then 17, had been subjected to intensive questioning by Detective Kevin McCready, who committed perjury in another murder case.

    "Could I have blacked out and done this? Could I be possessed?" Tankleff asked, according to court records.

    "Marty, I think that's what happened to you," another detective responded.

    Appellate Judges Reinaldo Rivera, Gabriel Krausman, Anita Florio and Mark Dillon wrote that the confession was clearly the linchpin of the prosecution's case.

    They said the mountain of new evidence uncovered since the conviction warrants a new trial.

    The new evidence includes information that Seymour Tankleff's partner in the bagel business, Jerald Steuerman, owed him hundreds of thousands of dollars and was playing cards with the victim on the night of the murders.

    Steuerman, who could not be reached for comment, allegedly hired three goons to kill the Tankleffs. Anthony LaPinta, the lawyer for alleged hit man Joseph Creedon, said his client is an "innocent scapegoat."

    A witness testified at a 2004 hearing that he was offered $25,000 from a partner in the bagel business to kill the other partner, but the lower court upheld the conviction.

    The judges criticized the lower court for failing to properly evaluate the new evidence.

    "It is abhorrent to our sense of justice and fair play to countenance the possibility that someone innocent of a crime may be incarcerated or otherwise punished for a crime which he or she did not commit," they wrote.


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_c...nd_man_ja.html

    A nice Xmas present for yet another person who was wrongfully convicted.

    Hopefully, 2008 will be the year that Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald's murder conviction is overturned based on yet another corrupt North Carolina prosecutor.
    It's not what a man knows that makes him a fool, it's what he does know that ain't so. .... Josh Billings

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    I'm glad to see this. I always felt that his confession was coerced.
    He was only 17 at the time of his conviction, and his parents were just murdered. I'm sure the kid was in shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csds703 View Post
    I'm glad to see this. I always felt that his confession was coerced.
    He was only 17 at the time of his conviction, and his parents were just murdered. I'm sure the kid was in shock.
    I agree. I saw his "confession" tape and was shocked when he asked his interrogator if he could live with him since his parents were dead.

    It just seemed to me that he wanted to please the interrogator.

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    FINALLY, a Judge with common sense over riding the normal "loyalty to predescor's in the profession". This young man, in the segment pieces that I've seen interviewed very well, expressing nothing but love & affection for his parents along with a lot of respect. Of course he was in shock upon finding his beloved parents so violently treated, how could he not be? This young man didn't have a motive IMO to harm his parents but his Dad's partner certainly did.

    I am sincerely hoping that he can go forward with his life knowing how much his parents loved him & that they must have finally gotten through to this ethical, law abiding Judge.

    God bless him & keep him safe from the evil that robbed him of his parents & 17 years of his life.

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    So what about the "real killers" still being out there.
    Great he is thought to be innocent and is being released but that leaves us with a killer out there somewhere.

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    This is a reason why i am against the death penalty. Except for obvious repeating sexual offenders.

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    http://drphil.com/slideshows/slidesh...de=1&null=null

    “I am here because I was wrongfully convicted of the murders of my parents,” says 35-year-old Marty Tankleff, speaking from prison. Marty has been behind bars since 1988. “September 7 was supposed to be my first day of my senior year going to high school, but when I woke up that morning my life turned to hell. I walked through the house and noticed that the house was open, the lights were on, and I ended up going into the office area where I saw my father. His throat was cut and there was blood on him, and I knew I had to call 911.”

    A 911 tape tells the story of that fateful morning:

    Marty: I need an ambulance immediately!
    Operator: All right, hold on and I'll connect you.
    Marty: It's an emergency. He's gushing blood from the back of his neck. He's got a cut.
    Operator: What happened to him?
    Marty: I don't know. I just woke up and he's in the office and he's gushing blood, please...
    Operator: All right, listen to me! I'm sending you an ambulance.

    Marty continues with his account. “Later on in the morning, Detective McCready showed up at my house,” he says, “drove me to police headquarters. I remember being put into a windowless room, no phone. I think there was a desk in there, and a few chairs. It was question, after question, after question. There was hostility, there were accusations.”

    Marty explains his thought process at the time. “You know you're not guilty. You didn't do anything — There's no way I could have hurt my parents. I loved them — But question, after question, after question, no matter what you tell them it's not good enough unless it's what they want to hear. You can tell them, 'I'm not guilty.' They don't want to hear that. You can tell them, 'Listen, I want to take a polygraph.' They don't want to hear that. You can tell them you loved your parents. They don't want to hear that. They want to hear what they wanted to hear that morning, and after hours of interrogation you just want that weight lifted off your chest.

    “Detective McCready had walked out of the room, came back and said, 'They just pumped your father full of adrenaline, and we've got your father on tape saying, "Marty, you did it. And just tell us that you did it.’” Well, I believed them because I knew that my father never lied to me, and I was always brought up that the cops don't lie to you. That written statement that people attribute to me is not in my handwriting. It's not signed by me. The first time I saw that written statement was eight months after September 7th."

    Marty expresses his belief that more witnesses are out there. He says, "Every day I get up, I know that my family is out there fighting for the truth too. If my family thought I was guilty, they wouldn't be there every step of the way. Any time that you're an innocent man in prison there are no good days. A good day will be when they say, 'It's time to go.'"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wudge View Post

    Hopefully, 2008 will be the year that Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald's murder conviction is overturned based on yet another corrupt North Carolina prosecutor.

    Oh Wudge, Wudge, Wudge!
    McDonald innocent?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by philamena View Post

    Oh Wudge, Wudge, Wudge!
    McDonald innocent?!?!?
    Also wrongfully convicted as was Dr. Sheppard.
    It's not what a man knows that makes him a fool, it's what he does know that ain't so. .... Josh Billings


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    http://truthinjustice.org/tankleff.htm

    Introductory Comments by Steven Drizin, Sr. Staff Attorney
    Center for Wrongful Convictions, Chicago, Illinois

    As a teenager, Martin Tankleff was subjected to a lengthy and often brutal psychological interrogation. Reeling from the death of his parents who were murdered in his home, police accused Tankleff of their murder and over the course of his interrogation convinced him (for a short while) that he must have killed them in a blackout. They even told him that his father, who was clinging to life after the attack, had come out of a coma and told police that Marty had attacked him (a lie!). Tankleff immediately recanted the confession but the confession (and little else) led to his conviction in a trial that was covered by Court TV. Since his conviction, several experts in interrogation who have studied the case have raised questions about the truth of the confession and the tactics used to obtain it. Also, in the early 1990's, Suffolk County law enforcement came under intense scrutiny for their interrogation practices which resulted in "confession rates" of more than 90%. Many of these cases involved confessions which were uncorroborated. A series in Newsday chronicled this overreliance on confessions. In today's New York Times, the following article appeared which suggests that there may be new evidence that another man, Tankleff's father's business partner, may have arranged a hit on the Tankleff's. This could be the break that is needed to open Tankleff's cell doors.

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    Man Convicted 17 years ago in parents dealth set free

    Out of prison for the first time in 17 years, Martin Tankleff tasted freedom -- literally -- at a post-release soiree where loved ones caught up on old times and speculated about his future.

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    Arlene and Seymour Tankleff were attacked on Sept. 7, 1988. Martin Tankleff, then 17, confessed to police -- and then recanted. He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and was released on bail until his trial in 1990, where a jury convicted him of the crimes.

    Tankleff was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

    But Thursday, six days after a state appellate panel overturned that conviction, Tankleff walked out of Suffolk County Court a free man, at least for now.

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    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny...news-headlines

    What does everyone think about this??? If anyone knows the story, who do you think did it? Do you believe Tankleff is innocent?

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    I am not familiar with the case but if all they had was a possibly coerced confession from a 17 yo??
    Seems the Appellate court thought something in the trial was mis-handled.

    It is a fact that certain personalities will confess to crimes they did not commit. It is also easy to coerce someone so young into confessing especially if the police used strong arm tactics.

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    I think this is great! I had followed this story forever and it dropped of my radar. Can't wait to catch up on it again (posting before reading )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    I am not familiar with the case but if all they had was a possibly coerced confession from a 17 yo??
    Seems the Appellate court thought something in the trial was mis-handled.

    It is a fact that certain personalities will confess to crimes they did not commit. It is also easy to coerce someone so young into confessing especially if the police used strong arm tactics.
    Yes, I believed his innocence from the beginning...they told him that his dad had told them his son had done it while he was dying. The kid freaked, wondering how he could have done this without remembering, asking if he was possessed. Very sad case.

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