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word: exonerate


Definition: (verb) Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges.
Synonyms: acquit, exculpate, discharge, clear
Usage: After the long trial, the suspect was exonerated of the murder charges, much to his relief. Discuss.

NEWS: Wrongful Convictions in US Capital Cases Higher than Thought

Wrongful Convictions in US Capital Cases Higher than Thought

Capital punishment is a highly controversial topic, and new calculations about the rate of wrongful death sentences in the US are adding fuel to the fire. Using data about US death sentence convictions and exonerations, researchers concluded that about 4 percent of people sentenced to death between 1973 and 2004—some 300 people—were actually innocent, a higher rate than previously thought. While 117 were subsequently exonerated, the majority of those wrongfully sentenced to death were not. More… Discuss

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