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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State is paying $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a Long Island man who served 17 years in prison upstate after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents.Martin Tankleff, whose double murder conviction was overturned in 2008, still has a separate federal civil rights lawsuit pending against Suffolk County, ex-Homicide Squad Det. K. James McCready and others.“I hope to expose the misconduct that caused my wrongful conviction so that it does not happen to anyone else,” Tankleff, who has been attending law school since his release, said in a statement in which he thanked those who stood by him over the past 25 years.Tankleff had been convicted of fatally stabbing his parents, Arlene and Seymour Tankleff, in their Belle Terre home in 1988 when he was 17.He was released from prison in 2007 after an appellate court vacated his conviction and all charges were dropped a year later. Prosecutors declined to retry the case.A legal team representing Tankleff, now 42, has said that his confession was coerced and that the real killer is one of his father’s business associates who denied responsibility and who authorities have not charged in connection with the deaths.Tankleff and his team have said McCready tricked Tankleff into signing a false confession by lying to Tankleff. They said the detective told Tankleff that his father had told detectives that the then-teenager was the killer.“We have developed powerful new forensic evidence demonstrating Marty’s innocence and showing that his parents were murdered by assailants who acted with efficiency and brutality,” said one of Tankleff’s attorneys, Barry Scheck of Manhattan-based Neufeld Scheck & Brustin.Another member of Tankleff’s legal team, Bruce Barket of Garden City-based Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon, said the new evidence confirms that his client is innocent.“This settlement is one more step in the long road to right a terrible injustice,” he said. “The next step will be a full public trial in federal court exposing the wrongdoing by law enforcement and making sure it does not happen to anyone else.” read more
Photos 2016 Jim Duncan Invitational Des Moines, Iowa – Drake Stadium April 15-16, 2016 Drake Individual Men’s Results 3,000 Meter Steeplechase 4. Chris Kaminski, 9:43.13 High Jump 3. Ryan Cook, 6-2.75 5. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 Triple Jump 1. Johnathan Osifuye, 49-1.75 3. Ethan Turner, 44-9.75 4. Sean Buczek, 44-1.5 Shot Put 3. Ryan Lemke, 48-5.5 Javelin 2. David Silkman, 175-6 Story Links 2016 Jim Duncan Invitational Des Moines, Iowa – Drake Stadium April 15-16, 2016 Drake Individual Women’s Results 5,000 Meters 1. Cassie Aerts, 17:43.32 3. Bailee Cofer, 17:51.35 3,000 Meter Steeplechase 13. Theresa McAlister, 14:30.30 Long Jump 2. Kayla Bell, 19-0 4. Taryn Rolle, 18-1 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field team’s men’s triple jumpers took three of the top four spots to open up competition at the 2016 Jim Duncan Invitational on Friday night at Drake Stadium while a pair of Bulldogs recorded personal bests in the women’s 5,000 meters.Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) led those jumpers with a season-best jump of 49-1.75 to win the triple jump. The jump, which was aided by a strong southern tailwind of 2.4 m/s, was the second longest of his career. He was followed by Ethan Turner (Woodbury, Minn.) in third at 44-9.75 and Sean Buczek (Crystal Lake, Ill.) in fourth with a jump of 44-1.5.”We’re excited about Johnathan’s jump as that puts him on the cusp of a 50-foot jump, which is one of his goals,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “It also positions him well to earn a berth to the NCAA West Regional meet.”Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) led the women’s jumpers by matching a season-best jump of 19-0 in the long jump to finish second with Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) coming in fourth with a leap of 18-1.On the Blue Oval, Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) won the 5,000 meters with a big personal best of 17:43.32 while Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) finished third with a personal best of her own in 17:51.35.”They both ran gutsy races at a distance they are not used to but they ran it extremely well,” said Drake assistant coach Dan Hostager said of Aerts and Cofer. “That should give them some good confidence heading into the second half of the season.”In the throws, David Silkman (Leawood, Kan.) recorded a throw of 175-6 into the win to finish second in the javelin. The Jim Duncan Invitational resumes on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with a full day of action scheduled. Complete Results (PDF) Complete Results (HTML) Print Friendly Version read more