Convicted in 1953 of armed robbery, Arthur Francis Emery of Seattle, Washington, was eventually pardoned by Governor Arthur Langlie in January 1954.
Nineteen-year-old Arthur Emery was standing on the street when a passing bus driver identified him as the individual who had robbed him of $105 on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill on December 29, 1952. Emery was tried in June 1953 in the Superior Court of King County. His mother and father both testified that their son had been asleep in their house at the time of the robbery, but the jury found him guilty. In September 1953, Emery was sentenced to five to twenty years in prison.
After Emery had served seven months of his sentence, a Colorado prisoner named Eugene A. Gough (also referenced as Eugene A. Gouge) confessed to the robbery. The confession was verified when he told investigators the location of the bus driver’s money-changer. Emery was pardoned by Washington Governor Arthur B. Langlie on January 23, 1954, and the state legislature awarded Emery $13,000 in compensation for his attorney’s fees and wrongful imprisonment.
- John Melis
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.