Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon founding partner Steven Epstein won an outright dismissal on a Queens County Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated case today. The client is an employee of the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation who would have lost his job had he been forced to endure a license suspension or revocation upon conviction. Mr. Epstein’s tireless efforts, legal writing and argument on behalf of this client led to another in a long list of successful outcomes for yet another grateful client of Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon.
Judge sentences LIRR retiree to community work but no jail time in disability fraud. Click here to read the full article.
In consideration of her continued contribution to family, career and community, founding partner Amy B. Marion has been selected as a woman of outstanding leadership in 2014 by the International Women’s Leadership Association. “I am humbled by the recognition given to me by this wonderful organization, and I proudly accept their designation and look forward to continuing my work in the fields that matter to them”, said Ms. Marion.
This recognition joins a long list of well deserved honors for Ms. Marion.
Click here to read Amy Marion’s Bio.
Martin Tankleff served 17 years in a state prison after being convicted of the 1988 murder of his parents, Seymour and Arlene. An appellate court vacated his conviction in 2007 and all charges against him were dropped the following year. The appellate court ruled that a lower court did not properly consider new evidence brought forth by Tankleff’s legal team during an extensive hearing. That evidence suggested that Seymour Tankleff’s business partner, Jerry Steuerman, hired a pair of hit men to kill the Tankleff’s. Steuerman owed $500,000 to Seymour Tankleff and was the last person to see him alive, at a poker game at the Tankleff home. After the murders, Steuerman faked his own death and fled to California. Suffolk police never considered him a suspect. He later filed a lawsuit against the state and a separate federal suit against Suffolk County and the detective who investigated the murder, alleging that police should have considered Stueurman a suspect and that their failure to thoroughly investigate Steuerman and people associated with him led to his false conviction. “I think he would like to have the people who murdered his parents prosecuted and held accountable for what they did to them, and for what they did to his life,” said Tankleff’s attorney, Bruce Barket of Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon in Garden City, NY.
The lawsuit against New York State, which was settled in early January for $3.37 million, is for damages relating to Tankleff’s claim of unjust conviction and imprisonment. His lawsuit against Suffolk County and Detective K. James McCready is still pending in federal court.
“This settlement is one more step in the long road to right a terrible injustice,” Tankleff’s lawyer, Bruce Barket, of the law firm Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon, said. “The next step will be a full public trial in federal court exposing the wrongdoing by law enforcement and making sure that it does not happen to anyone else.”