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.

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​In an unusual turn of events Lane Tolbert, who prosecuted exoneree Frank Sealie, reopened the investigation shortly after Sealie was sentenced to life in prison, and secured the exoneration within ten months. According to Tolbert, "There was something about this one that stuck with me," and made him worry about the conviction. Tolbert, who describes himself as tough on violent crime, explained his doubts:  "If I know in other cases [that] inadmissible evidence points to the defendant I can know I was doing the right thing... Nothing else [except one eyewitness] pointed to Frank Sealie."


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We currently list more than 1,560 exonerations. For detailed information browse our ever-growing database.

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