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Exonerated delineates the origin story of the innocence movement a highly publicized pivot in legal circles in the late twentieth century toward the wrongful conviction of innocent persons robert j norris focuses mostly on the key players involved in the early days of using forensic dna deoxyribonucleic acid to exonerate innocents. Exonerated by robert j norris is a free netgalley ebook that i read in late may exonerated tracks the innocence movement within the american criminal justice system and its ability to overturn wrongful convictions of life imprisonment and or the death penalty due to the result of dna evidence mistrial new witnesses etc. Together these activities are often referred to as the innocence movement exonerated provides the first in depth look at the history of this movement through interviews with key leaders such as barry scheck and rob warden as well as archival and field research into the major cases that brought awareness to wrongful convictions in the united states. History is rarely clean though in retrospect historical developments may seem inevitable deeper analysis usually yields a more nuanced story such is the history of the innocence movement the movement is often dated to 1989 when dna was first used to secure an exoneration in the united states