Four Exonerations on September 7, 2016
On September 7, 2016, four men in unrelated cases in different states were exonerated. They each spent between eight and twenty-eight years in prison. Clockwise from top left: Richard Raugust, Wayne Martin, Johnny Small, and Jimmie Gardner.
In 1991, 15-year-old Francisco “Franky” Carrillo was charged with the murder of Donald Sarpy during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California. He was convicted and served nearly 20 years of a life prison sentence before he was exonerated when all six eyewitnesses recanted and another man confessed to the crime.
Herb Maris - Fighting to Free the Innocent in the 1920s
"50 years before the Innocence Project was founded, in an era when claims of wrongful conviction were met with snickering skepticism, there was only Herbert Maris." Read more about Herb Maris's life and the TV show that was based on his life and work.
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The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. 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.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.