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A Project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society,
University of Michigan Law School & Michigan State University College of Law


How to use the Registry. First, scroll down until you s​ee the list of names. To sort any of the columns, place the cursor over a column heading, such as AGE, and click on the arrow. You can sort in alphabetical or chronological order or click on a particular value to select just the cases in that category. You can sort on more than one column or even multiple columns: such as STAT​E and COUNTY and CRIME.

The two columns with "Tags" in their labels allow you to sort cases by additional characteristics. At the top of the page, you will see the listing of the various Tags. To see more detailed definitions for these terms, hover over their full names or click on the links. You can only sort for one variable at a time in the TAG columns. To sort for several at once, please download our data as a spreadsheet.


OM Tags

  • PR: Prosecutor Misconduct
  • OF: Police Officer Misconduct
  • FA: Forensic Analyst Misconduct
  • CW: Child Welfare Worker Misconduct
  • WH: Withheld Exculpatory Evidence
  • NW: Misconduct That Is Not Withholding Evidence
  • KP: Knowingly Permitting Perjury
  • WT: Witnes​s Tampering Or Misconduct Interrogating Co-defendant
  • INT: Misconduct In Interrogation of Exoneree
  • PJ: Perjury By Official
  • PL: Prosecutor Lied In Court

The six columns on the far right of this page display separately the Contributing Factors that contributed to the wrongful conviction. To save space, we use abbreviations. To see definitions of these factors, click on their full names:

​Keyword Filter:

Connected to: National Registry of Exonerations

To search the Registry for a name or keyword, type in the [Search] box. The filter finds cases that contain any of the words you enter if you check Or, or all of them if you check And. Do not use quotation marks. It allows truncation, but not with truncation symbols such as * and !​

OM Tags
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CestoniEnzo28HispanicF-CANorthernFED, NCPR, WH, NWWeapon Possession or SaleNot sentenced20162016MWIDOM
FitzgeraldJohn40WhiteF-CA(Southern)FEDPR, WH, NW, KPTax Evasion/FraudNot sentenced20072009P/FAOM
HayatHamid21AsianF-CA(Eastern)CDC, FED, NCPR, NWSupporting Terrorism24 years20062020FCF/MFEOMILD
JacobsonNathan51WhiteF-CA(Southern)FED, NC, PFraudNot sentenced20082014
KeuylianViken45WhiteF-CA(Central)FED, NC, PFraudNot sentenced20092014P/FA
Leal-Del CarmenJonathan44HispanicF-CA(Southern)FEDOF, NW, WTImmigration1 year and 6 months20102012P/FAOM
LewisDavid46WhiteF-CA(Northern)FED, NCAssault7 years and 8 months20002005
Matta BallesterosJuan40HispanicF-CA(Central)FEDPR, OF, WH, NW, KP, WTKidnappingLife without parole19902018P/FAF/MFEOM
MillerJoel35WhiteF-CA(Central)FEDWeapon Possession or Sale2 years20122014P/FA
ObagiMaher21OtherF-CA(Central)CDC, FEDOF, WH, NWFraud6 1/2 years20152022FCP/FAOM
Ramirez-LopezJuan44HispanicF-CA(Southern)FEDPR, NW, WTImmigration6 1/2 years20002003P/FAOM
SamueliHenry48WhiteF-CA(Central)FED, NC, PPR, NWPerjuryNot sentenced20082009OM
Sandoval-GonzalezGerardo51HispanicF-CA(Southern)FEDPR, WH, NWImmigration7 years20092012OM
TullosNancy56WhiteF-CA(Southern)FED, F, NC, PPR, NWObstruction of JusticeNot sentenced20082010OM