On December 6, 1973, Arthur Cleveland and Larry Boone were convicted of murdering a man at a nightclub in the Bronx, New York. According to the prosecution, the victim was shot by Cleveland and Boone inside the club, and then Cleveland and Boone walked him outside, where he died. Cleveland was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison.
However, the prosecution had withheld the testimony of two witnesses who stated that the shooting had actually occurred in a different location than the nightclub where it was alleged to have taken place. This was crucial exculpatory evidence that had been suppressed, so the judgments against both Cleveland and Boone were reversed on appeal in 1975. New trials were ordered for Cleveland and Boone, and the case against each of them was then dismissed. In 1992, Cleveland received $40,500 from the New York Court of Claims.
- Meghan Barrett Cousino
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. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.