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The National Registry of Exonerations is a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. We provide 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.

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In State v. Crumpton, decided on August 21, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court addressed the standard for granting post conviction DNA testing. The Court held that when a defendant requests a post-conviction DNA test "a court should evaluate the likelihood of innocence based on a favorable test result, not the likelihood of a favorable test result in the first place." The decision reversed the state Court of Appeals because that court failed to "include ...[a] presumption in favor of the convicted individual."

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