Attorneys prepare Tankleff lawsuit

March 24, 2009 8:52:34 AM PDT
Attorneys for Martin Tankleff say they're preparing a lawsuit accusing law enforcers of civil rights violations. The Long Island man spent 17 years in prison after what he called a coerced confession to killing his wealthy parents. An appellate court ruled in December 2007 that key evidence was overlooked. Prosecutors decided not to retry Tankleff.

Attorney Bruce Barket told Newsday that Tankleff will seek about $35 million.

Government attorney Christine Malafi says Suffolk County will vigorously defend itself.

Tankleff's parents were found on Sept. 7, 1988 in their home in Belle Terre, a well-to-do waterfront enclave. Arlene Tankleff was bludgeoned. Seymour Tankleff was stabbed and died about a month later.

Tankleff's attorneys plan to file the federal suit Tuesday in Central Islip.


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