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Johnny Tall Bear

Johnny Tall Bear

In 1992, Johnny Tall Bear (pictured with his lawyer, Karen Thompson) was sentenced to life in prison for murder in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project in 2018 by DNA tests which showed that the witness who identified him was mistaken.
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Paul Jenkins and Freddie Lawrence

Paul Jenkins and Freddie Lawrence

Paul Jenkins and Freddie Joe Lawrence were each sentenced to 100 years in prison for robbery, kidnapping, and murder in Montana City, Montana. They were exonerated in 2018 with the help of the Montana Innocence Project by DNA tests that identified the real killer.
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Recent Exonerations

Recent Exonerations

​We feature the latest exonerations here as we find them. Clockwise from top left: Ralph Lee and Eric Kelley, Vicente Benavides (with his attorney), Vernon Horn, and Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry.
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Richard Beranek

Richard Beranek

In 1990, Richard Beranek was sentenced to 243 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in Madison, Wisconsin. He was exonerated in 2018 by DNA testing that excluded him as the source of a hair that an FBI hair analyst testified was Beranek's. This exoneration is the result of the review of FBI hair analysis cases by the Innocence Project and the NACDL. (Pictured top: Beranek with Innocence Project attorneys in court; Pictured bottom: data from 2015 report on FBI testimony on hair analysis)
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John Bunn and Rosean Hargrave

John Bunn and Rosean Hargrave

In 1992, when he was 14 years old, John Bunn (pictured, center, with his attorneys Rebecca Freedman and Glenn Garber) was sentenced to seven years to life in prison for murder in Brooklyn, New York. He was exonerated with the help of the Exoneration Initiative on May 15, 2018 based on evidence that the lead detective had fabricated evidence in other murder cases. His co-defendant, Rosean Hargrave, was exonerated on May 14.
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