SJC Hosts Author Talk on Criminal Justice

LONG ISLAND, NY – November 5, 2009 – The Department of Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s College, in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Club, is pleased to present a book discussion with Jay Salpeter and Richard Firstman, authors of A Criminal Injustice: A True Crime, a False Confession, and the Fight to Free Marty Tankleff. The discussion will take place from 12:40-1:35 p.m. in the Music Room located in O’Connor Hall on the College’s Long Island Campus on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

On the morning of September 7, 1988, seventeen-year-old Marty Tankleff awoke to find his parents brutally attacked in their bed. Police immediately turned their suspicion on Marty, and two years later, he was convicted of murder charges and sentenced to 50 years in prison. After several appeals to the state and federal courts were denied, Marty enlisted the help of retired NYPD detective and private investigator Jay Salpeter, whose research uncovered carelessness and gross misconduct in the investigation. Mr. Salpeter’s discoveries brought national media attention to the case, and as a result, Marty’s conviction was finally vacated in 2007.

“We would like to involve the public in the discussion about this case,” said Sean Cambridge, president of the Criminal Justice Club at St. Joseph’s College. “I hope to get more of the student population interested in local criminal justice issues.”

This event is free and open to the public. An interactive discussion with questions from the audience is encouraged. Lunch will be served. For more information, please call the Department of Criminal Justice at 631.687.4582 or visit

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