Exoneration

This library collection contains updated data regarding how exonerees obtained DNA testing. This research collection was compiled in conjunction with a book chapter reporting the results of a study of these materials. See Brandon L. Garrett, "Convicting the Innocent,” Ch. 7 (forthcoming Harvard U. Press 2011). An appendix accompanies the book chapter. This Web page was created by Professor Brandon Garrett (bgarrett@virginia.edu).

Data on how exonerees obtained DNA testing

This appendix updates an earlier spreadsheet and contains information regarding how the first 250 DNA exonerees obtained DNA testing.  These data are discussed in Chapter 8 of the “Convicting the Innocent” book.  The appendix first notes for each exoneree whether the prosecutor ultimately consented or opposed the request for post-conviction DNA testing.  Some cases marked “consent” include cases in which the prosecutor initially opposed testing but ultimately joined in the motion. Similarly, on the issue of consent or opposition to the motion to vacate the conviction, “consent” included cases in which initial opposition was followed by the prosecutor formally joining in the motion. 

This collection was created by Professor Brandon Garrett (bgarrett@virginia.edu). Data was collected from news reports and court decisions on Westlaw and Lexis, as well as original case file documents that were available, with the invaluable help of a team of talented research assistants: Dennis Barrett, Christine Chang, Brian Conaway, Veronica Dragalin, Rebecca Ivey, Bradley Justus, Christine Mandell and Rebecca Martin. In addition, attorneys working with the Innocence Network who litigated the exonerees’ cases corrected or provided additional information. Any additional information or corrections to this data collected from news reports, judicial opinions and attorney information would be welcome.
DNA identified the real culprit

Year of conviction


Convicting the Innocent | Contaminated Confessions (Chapter 2) | Eyewitness Misidentifications (Chapter 3)
Flawed Forensics (Chapter 4) | Jailhouse Informants (Chapter 5) | Innocence on Trial (Chapter 6)
Judging Innocence (Chapter 7)