May 23, 2014

A Life Reclaimed

Martin Tankleff was wrongly convicted of his parents' murder and served 17 years in prison before the charges were formally dismissed in 2008. He has since been hired by the law firm that fought for his freedom, and now, at the age of 42, has just graduated law school. Our congratulations.

Tankleff previously settled his state law claims for wrongful conviction for $3.37 million. His federal §1983 case against Suffolk County is proceeding in federal court in the Eastern District of New York. That these claims are split between forums reflects some interesting twists and limitations in the law, but that's a post for another day. (See NYLJ article here, and prior blog post here).

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