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Dontia Patterson

Dontia Patterson

In 2008, Dontia Patterson (pictured left, with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner) was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a murder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was exonerated in 2018 with the help of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the support of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner's office because police and prosecutors had concealed evidence implicating the real killer, and his defense attorney had failed to fully investigate the case.
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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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Recent Exonerations

Recent Exonerations

​We feature the latest exonerations here as we find them. Clockwise from top left: Sundhe Moses, Edward Garry, Michael Shannon, and Shawn Lawrence.
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VanDyke Perry and Gregory Counts

VanDyke Perry and Gregory Counts

In 1992, Gregory Counts (right) and VanDyke Perry (left) were convicted of kidnapping and rape in New York City. They were exonerated in 2018, with the help of the Innocence Project and the NY Office of the Appellate Defender, by DNA tests and an admission by the complainant that no rape ever occurred. The New York County CIU undertook a review of the case -- including interviewing the complainant -- and ultimately concluded Counts and Perry were innocent.
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