For Immediate Release – March 21, 2013
Media Contact: Alicia Steger
Nassau Community College's Cultural Program Presents
"Righting Justice's Wrongs" - Martin Tankleff
Garden City, NY
– On Monday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the College Center Building, the Nassau Community College Cultural Program will present “Righting Justice’s Wrongs” (download hi res photo).
During the program, Long Island native Martin Tankleff will speak about his journey from being convicted of killing his parents, to serving time in jail, to being released and embarking on a lifelong crusade to help the innocent.
In 1988, Tankleff, then 17, was charged with beating and stabbing his parents to death in their waterfront home in Belle Terre, Long Island. The lead detective in the case said in interviews that he originally suspected Tankleff because he was unemotional at the murder scene. Some say he came across the same way at the trial until the guilty verdicts came in. A jury found him guilty in 1990 and he was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. The conviction stemmed largely from a disputed and immediately renounced confession. Tankleff’s supporters, including his parents’ siblings, never gave up on the case, and in 2007 his conviction was vacated. By the time he was released, he had spent 17 years in jail. Today, Tankleff is in his third year of law school. He is a man who knows that sometimes justice can be far from perfect.
“Righting Justice’s Wrongs” is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. For more information about the program, call 516.572.7148.
About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, part of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 23,000 full- and part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. For more information, visit www.ncc.edu.