'One of the fortunate'
Freed after 17 years in prison for parents' deaths, Tankleff calls for interrogations to be videotaped


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July 3, 2008

In his first public appearance since having murder charges dropped against him, Martin Tankleff said he was lucky to have his family, high-caliber attorneys on his side, and a public that supported him in his drive to overturn his conviction for the 1988 murders of his parents.

"I was one of the fortunate ones," he said yesterday, testifying in upper Manhattan about his plight before a task force designed to explore criminal justice reforms. "I wrote over 50,000 letters. I was able to recruit the support of many, many lawyers and major law firms. There's too many men in prison who didn't get that luck."

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