NEW YORK: Soury Communications is hoping that two years of pro bono advocacy work will pay off in the coming weeks with a new trial for a man convicted of murder.
Nearly 15 years ago, Martin Tankleff was convicted of killing his parents in Long Island. But new evidence in the case convinced agency president Lonnie Soury that Tankleff was innocent, and he pledged his firm's help free of charge.
The firm has employed various tactics to draw the media's attention to the case, including a website, martytankleff.org, that includes background, legal documents, and a petition for a new trial.
"I think it's the public pressure that will either win it at the Suffolk County level, or in the appeal," said Soury.
Tankleff was convicted on a confession that he says was coerced. Since then, witnesses have come forward with new information that some say exonerates Tankleff. A motion for a new trial is pending, and should be decided soon.
Soury's work has drawn coverage from the New York Times, CBS' 48 Hours. He said that some new witnesses have come forward after seeing the coverage.