Robert K. Tanenbaum

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Robert K. Tanenbaum is an American trial attorney, novelist, and former mayor of Beverly Hills.

Early life and education[edit]

Robert K. Tanenbaum, born in Brooklyn, New York, attended the University of California, Berkeley on a basketball scholarship where he earned a B.A. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Legal career[edit]

It was under the leadership of District Attorney Frank Hogan where Tanenbaum learned about trial preparedness and presenting evidence to a jury as an Assistant New York County District Attorney in Manhattan. Later, Tanenbaum became head of the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the D.A.'s legal staff training program. During his time in the D.A.'s office, Robert K. Tanenbaum never lost a felony case.[2]

After his tenure in Manhattan's D.A.'s office, Robert K. Tanenbaum served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.[3] In 1988 he appeared in the documentary "The Men Who Killed Kennedy."

In private practice, notably, he was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside Strangler case in Los Angeles; defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case; and represented eight black plaintiffs in a significant racial profiling case.[4]

He taught Advanced Criminal Procedure for four years at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He conducts continuing legal education seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York and Pennsylvania.[3][5] He remains a member of the State Bars of New York, Pennsylvania and California.

Political career[edit]

Robert K. Tanenbaum served two terms as Mayor of Beverly Hills and was a City Council Member for eight years.[1] He also ran D.A. Frank Hogan's re-election campaign for District Attorney in 1973.[6]

Literary career[edit]

Robert K. Tanenbaum is the author of 28 books; 25 novels and 3 nonfiction works. The Piano Teacher is the story of a psychotic killer. Badge of the Assassin recalls the true account of Tanenbaum's investigation and trial of self-proclaimed members of the Black Liberation Army who assassinated two NYPD police officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini. It was later adapted into a movie titled Badge of the Assassin, starring James Woods as Tanenbaum.

Tanenbaum's signature work, Echoes of My Soul was published in May 2013 by Kensington Books and was named 'Pick of the Week' by Publisher's Weekly in its April 22, 2013 edition. It is the true story of one of the most intense manhunts in police history—and of the young District Attorney who exonerated the unjustly accused, brought the killer/ rapist to justice and forever reformed law enforcement practices, paving the way for the Miranda Decision.

His latest novel, Tragic, is a murder mystery that focuses on the murderous effects of weak character and unbridled ambition intertwined with shocking tempestuous deception, was published by Simon and Schuster Gallery Books on August 13, 2013.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • 1987: The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer
  • 1979: Badge of the Assassin (1985 TV film adaption Badge of the Assassin)
  • 2013: Echoes of My Soul

Fiction[edit]

  • 1987: No Lesser Plea
  • 1989: Depraved Indifference
  • 1991: Immoral Certainty
  • 1992: Reversible Error
  • 1993: Material Witness
  • 1994: Corruption of Blood
  • 1994: Justice Denied
  • 1996: Falsely Accused
  • 1997: Irresistible Impulse
  • 1998: Reckless Endangerment
  • 1999: Act of Revenge
  • 2000: True Justice
  • 2001: Enemy Within
  • 2002: Absolute Rage
  • 2003: Resolved
  • 2004: Hoax
  • 2005: Fury
  • 2006: Counterplay
  • 2007: Malice
  • 2008: Escape
  • 2009: Capture
  • 2010: Betrayed
  • 2011: Outrage
  • 2012: Bad Faith
  • 2013: Tragic

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