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Suffolk County, NY, D.A. Drops Case Against Tankleff


NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, January 2, the Suffolk County, New York, District Attorney dropped all charges against Marty Tankleff in a high-profile murder case that cost Tankleff 17 years in prison. The district attorney’s action followed a New York appeals court decision last week in which a new trial was ordered for Tankleff.

In 1990, Tankleff was convicted of murder. He has spent the last 17 years proclaiming his innocence and fighting to overturn the conviction.

The decision to grant Tankleff a new trial was based on the appellate court’s evaluation of a large amount of newly discovered evidence from more than 20 new witnesses indicating that two other people had made multiple admissions of committing the murder.

Stephen L. Braga of Baker Botts has been Tankleff’s lead counsel since 1995, directing the efforts by a team of volunteer lawyers, investigators and public relations advocates to uncover the truth about who committed the murder. Braga argued the new evidence appeal which led to the order for a new trial.

“Securing a new trial for Marty Tankleff, and the subsequent dismissal of all charges, is a major pro bono accomplishment for Baker Botts and for the many lawyers from other firms and organizations who contributed to this extraordinary effort,” Braga said. “It has been a long and difficult road, with many legal and investigatory ups and downs, but finally justice has been done.”

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