exonerate exonerate  /ɪɡ ˈzɑ nə ˌreɪt/


  • (v) pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

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  • His dignity and honor was restored when he was exonerated of all the charges.


  1. Use caution with DNA

    DNA has turned into a useful law-enforcement tool. In the most high-profile cases, the genetic material has been used to exonerate people wrongfully convicted of crimes. But DNA has also grown into a popular tool for solving cold cases. Most states and the federal government permit its collection from people arrested for serious offenses. read more
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Times Record

  2. Justin Bieber's security video doesn't clear him in speeding case, prosecutors say

    By KATE STANTON, UPI.com Los Angeles authorities say that security footage of Justin Bieber isn't enough to exonerate him in a May speeding incident.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: UPI

  3. Scoppe: What Rainey v. Haley tells us about ethics reform

    The Supreme Court did not exonerate Gov. Nikki Haley on ethics charges last week; it tossed the case on a technicality. But she would have won on the merits — which says more about the problems with our ethics law than about her ethics.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The State


  1. ...said he was misled by others, possibly including Cheney, about the role of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the leak and has said publicly that Bush and Cheney "directed me to go out there and exonerate Scooter Libby."
    on Jan 8, 2007 By: Scott McClellan Source: WDAM-TV

  2. "They are just terrorists in suits. This doesn't exonerate him," Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh told Israel Radio. "There is no one in the leading, commanding circle of Hamas who has immunity."
    on May 22, 2007 By: Ephraim Sneh Source: Washington Post

  3. "DNA testing has an unparalleled ability both to exonerate the wrongly convicted and to identify the guilty," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court opinion of the case of William Osborne, serving 26 years in prison for the 1994 rape.
    on Jun 18, 2009 By: John Roberts Source: AFP

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