About the Registry

The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the University of Michigan Law School. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence.

Exoneration News


​In 1954,  Tommy Lee Walker, a 19-year old African American, was prosecuted by notorious Dallas DA Henry Wade for the rape-murder of a young white mother. He was convicted and sentenced to death, and executed two years later.  Dallas reporter Mary Mapes now writes:  "Sixty years ago this month, Tommy Lee Walker died in the [Texas] electric chair for a crime he could not have committed."

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