Convicted and Exonerated


To show or state that someone or something is not guilty of something:

The report exonerated the crew from all responsibility for the collision.

Opposite: convict
Compare: acquit

Thesaurus: synonyms, antonyms, and examples

not responsible for doing something bad or wrong

innocent I don’t know if they are innocent or guilty.
blameless She is not entirely blameless in the matter.
guiltless He’s not exactly guiltless in this matter – she helped the robber escape.
acquitted The two men were acquitted of her murder.
exonerated The exonerated prisoners banded together and sued the judge who had falsely convicted all of them.

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1 Getting it Right: Confessions

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15 jul. 2011

False confessions have played a role in 25% of wrongful convictions overturned through DNA testing. Here, University of Virginia law professor Brandon Garrett describes the wrongful conviction of Frank Sterling in New York and reforms to prevent false confessions in other cases.

2 Man released early from lifetime prison sentence

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17 jun. 2014

Michael Morton, wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, has made many accomplishments upon his release, including a law that helps others who have been wrongfully convicted. Lara Logan reports.

3 After 17 years in prison, wrongfully convicted man walks free

25 jun. 2014

After spending 17 years in prison for an attempted rape he did not commit, Nathan Brown is now a free man. Subscribe to WDSU on YouTube now for more:

4 Wrongfully convicted man cleared after 28 years in prison

18 okt. 2014

David McCallum called his release this week a “bittersweet moment” after 28 years lost in prison. In October of 1986, McCallum and his friend Willie Stuckey were sentenced to 25 years to life for the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old man. Jericka Duncan reports.

5 Wrongfully convicted man released


21 jun. 2014

A man who was wrongfully convicted of rape has been released after serving 7 years in jail.

6 Brian Banks, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd & Justin Brooks Speak On The Film, “Brian Banks”

8 aug. 2019

The film, “Brian Banks,” is based on the inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. BUILD hosted Brian Banks, Justin Brooks along with actors Greg Kinnear and Sherri Shepherd to have a conversation about the film.
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7 Man in prison for 17 years set free after his lookalike is found | ABC News

13 jun. 2017

Richard Jones had been charged with aggravated robbery in Kansas City, Kansas, nearly 20 years ago.

8 Proving Innocence: LaMonte Armstrong Exonerated With Help From Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic

22 apr. 2013

LaMonte Armstrong served 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. He was exonerated with the help of students, faculty, and alumni in Duke Law School’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic.

9 Man free after wrongful rape conviction 26 years ago

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6 dec. 2014

WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7

Man gets day in court after spending 26 years in prison for wrongful conviction in rape case

DETROIT (WXYZ) – He spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Then he feared Detroit’s bankruptcy would take away his chance at justice. This afternoon, Walter Swift got his day at Federal Court.

When someone robbed and raped a pregnant woman in Detroit in 1982, police wanted to put someone away for the crime. They showed the victim hundreds of pictures of potential suspects. She picked out seven pictures of men she said looked similar to her rapist. One of them was Walter Swift.

Swift’s fiancé at the time, who now works in law enforcement, told investigators he was with her at the time of the crime.

Investigators didn’t listen to her. He was convicted. He was taken from his 2-year-old daughter and imprisoned for 26 years. Then a judge saw evidence that police hid from the defense – a lab test that proved his innocence.

“Mr Swift had a different blood type from the rapist, and that test was buried for 23 years,” said attorney Julie Hurwitz, of the Goodman & Hurwitz Law Firm in Detroit. The firm represents Swift in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.

“My family. The opportunity to pursue the American Dream. At the time I was getting ready to go to school. I had a job. I had a two-year-old child. All of that was stripped away,” said Walter Swift when asked what he most regrets losing due to his wrongful conviction.

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10 Marty Tankleff Exclusive

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Gepubliceerd op 2 jul. 2008

Exclusive: Marty Tankleff was 19 when he was sentenced to prison for his parents’ murder. Now 36, he is a free man thanks to his family’s efforts to exonerate him. Erin Moriarty reports.

11 Martin (Marty) Tankleff; “A Question of Guilt”

Gepubliceerd op 24 jul. 2014


Several years ago, after moving from Suffolk County, New York, where I had been a judge for over 17 years, to the coastal marsh of I was hired by a television production company in the United Kingdom as the “judicial consultant” for a thirteen part series entitled “The Serial Killers.” Before the production of the series ended, I was given the task of finding two other serial killers as the original creator of the series had been unable to come up with the last two American serial killers. My title was then changed to interviewer, and I did the interviews for the last two episodes entitled by me, “The Lethal Lovers.” It was during that time that I was receiving countless letters from prisoners all over the country who claimed to be innocent, and had heard about what I had done, seeking my help in his or her own case. However, I had decided to give up the practice of law, and I could do nothing for them, even those on Death Row in Mississippi and Texas. It was long before anyone on TV was doing a show about prisoners who claimed to be innocent. I had worked on “The Serial Killers” with the producer from the UK, Frazer Ashford, and we had become good friends. When we finished “The Serial Killers,” I asked if he would be interested in doing a series about prisoners, convicted of murder, who claimed to be innocent, and he jumped on the idea. By that time, my first wife of 47 years had passed of a sudden heart attack without warning, and I had remarried to Nancy, who had lost her husband two months before Lenore passed. Both Frazer and she were excited about my idea, and we decided to do a television project which was to be a series of thirteen one hour episodes of convicted prisoners who claimed to be innocent and who had been convicted of murder, utilizing the letters I had been receiving from prisoners all over the country. The series was to be produced by Nancy, Frazer and myself. The first show in the series would be the Martin Tankleff story, the story of a young man convicted in Suffolk County, New York of murdering his adoptive parents, and who was serving two consecutive terms of 25 years for the murders, despite his claims of innocence. Nancy and I financed the entire project and Frazer was made a partner to compensate him for his work as the producer, and we brought over the crew from the UK who had worked on the Serial Killers project, but the Director had been changed. I decided to interview the lead detective in the witness box of a courtroom which we rented for that purpose in Wilmington, Norh Carolina. We spent several months on the project which was financed by Nancy, myself and our personal retirement savings. After completion of a pilot for a 13 part series, we travelled to New Orleans for the NATPE (National Association of Television Producers and Executives) convention, and two TV networks were very interested in the series, the Discovery channel and Court TV, which was in its infancy. We wre very proud of our accomplshment, and I was both one of the producers and the interviewer for the series where final work was done in London after filming.. Ultimately, Court TV chose not to purchase the series, having contracted with a NYC producer to do a single (one off) show about Marty Tankleff, after they had already seen our finished video. We then decided to have the Martin Tankleff story produced on DVD, and had 1000 copies printed at our own expense, and we have sold several hundred copies over the years, and it is still being advertised on Amazon. We gave many copies gratis to libraries of our choosing and other interested persons after the show was copyrighted. It was my creation and idea to choose Mary’s case as I had always believed that Marty was innocent based upon what I had seen in Suffolk County, and the cast of characters, but we decided to call it “A Question of Guilt,” and let the audience decide for themselves. We hired a group of Wilmington, Norh Carolina actors, most of whom we knew personally and who did a wonderful job in the reenactment of the crime. Marty Tankleff was played by Wilmington’s own Shane Fernando, a fine actor, who was still a teen at the time, who has gone on to become one of Wilmington’s most distinguished citizens, and still a good friend. Years having passed, and Marty Tankleff having been released from prison after 17 1/2 years, and having settled his wrongul death conviction for in excess of three million dollars, with other lawsuits pending, I decided that it was time for the public to see this story, on YouTube as we have always been very proud of our accomplishment! P.S. Marty Tankleff graduated from Tuouro Law School earlier this year and has dedicated his life to helping prisoners like he had been to fight claimed wrongful convictions!

12 Marty Tankleff – Exonerated in Death of His Parents

Gepubliceerd op 13 jun. 2014

Fall 2013 Senior Citizen Lecture Series organized by St. Francis College Professor Emily Horowitz. Wrongful Convictions, Miscarriages of Justice, and Other Critical Perspectives on the U.S. Criminal Justice System Marty Tankleff was 17 when he learned his parents had been brutally murdered. After police lied and said his father briefly emerged from his coma and fingered Marty as his killer, Marty falsely confessed to the murder with no lawyer present. He was exonerated after spending 17 years in prison — and decades fighting to prove his innocence with the help of a small band of supporters. Joining Marty will be Lonnie Soury, a media consultant who specializes in wrongful conviction cases. Soury worked with Marty, as well as other high-profile wrongful conviction cases such as the West Memphis 3 (falsely accused of murdering of 3 young boys, and the subject of numerous documentaries), by using media and public relations to pressure criminal justice authorities to re-investigate these cases.

13 The Son Wrongfully Accused Of Murdering His Parents | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

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11 okt. 2021

On an early June morning in 2007, 32-year-old Chris Vaughn was found limping away from his SUV with two non-fatal gunshot wounds. His children, 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra, and 8-year-old Blake, were found dead, seated together in the rear passenger seat, each shot twice. The body of Chris’ wife, Kimberly, was in the front passenger seat, slumped over the center console with a single contact gunshot wound under her chin. Chris’ handgun was found on the floorboard near her feet. Five years later, a jury convicted Chris of murdering his family, and he is now serving four life sentences. Chris’ parents, Gail and Pierre, sit down for their first television interview with Dr. Phil to tell him why they believe their son is innocent. (20027)

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Gepubliceerd op 29 jun. 2019

At age 17, Martin Tankleff was a senior in high school when he confessed to killing his parents, but says that his confession at the time was false and that it was coerced by the police. Martin was sentenced to 50 years to life for the murders of his parents. However, after waging a 17-year battle from prison to prove that he was innocent, he was finally freed. In 2008, Oprah met the man who made national news as a teenager. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit

14 Exonerated Death Row Inmate Speaks Out


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Gepubliceerd op 18 apr. 2014

Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate ever to be exonerated by DNA evidence speaks at American University. He discusses new measures to prevent innocent people from being executed, as well as his book: Bloodsworth: the True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA. He is also currently working on a film about his life: Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man. Filmed by Ford Fischer of in association with

15 Innocence Project Event – The Wrongfully Convicted

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2 mei 2007

Seventeen people who served decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit were honored in April, 2007 at an Innocence Project Event. These are their stories. Learn more at

16 CONVICTION Featurette – Meet Betty Anne Waters

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12 okt. 2010

Meet Betty Anne Waters, the real life hero who spent years attending college and law school in order to free her wrongly convicted brother from prison. See her story on the big screen in CONVICTION, starring Hilary Swank as Betty Anne and Sam Rockwell as her brother. In theaters October 15!

17 Hilary Swank and Betty Anne Waters


29 okt. 2010


21 dec. 2010

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19 Falsely Convicted: Senior Citizen Murder | Real Crime

6 sep. 2019

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In 1992, Félix Michaud is arrested for the murder of 72-year old Rose Gagné. The charge is based solely on the testimony of Marco Albert, a drug addict. Michaud is convicted and sentenced to life.
After multiple trials, a new lawyer finds evidence withheld by the crown, evidence that fully exonerates Michaud. He is set free in 2001, nine years after his arrest for a crime he did not commit.
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20 Pig Drawing Gag

2 mei 2011

Sneaky little kid in a wheelchair sketches to pass the time. He draws an amazing drawing of a fat lady sitting nearby, and asks some prank victims to go give it to her. Unfortunately, when the fat lady unravels the drawing she is less than impressed – it’s a caricature of her as a pig woman. The cruel little devil kid points and laughs, while the prank victims die of embarrassment.
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