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The removal of a burden, charge, responsibility, duty, or blame imposed by law. The right of a party who is secondarily liable for a debt, such as a surety, to be reimbursed by the party with primary liability for payment of an obligation that should have been paid by the first party.


noun absolution, absolution of a charge, acquittal, acquittance, act of indemnity, amnesty, bill of indemnity, clearance, clearing, discharge, dismissal of charges, dispensation, exculpation, excuse, forgiveness, freedom, freedom from accusation, freedom from guilt, freeing from blame, liberation, pardon, release, relief from, remission, reprieve, vindication, withdrawal of the charge
Associated concepts: exoneration clause in a will, exoneraaion of bail, pardon
See also: absolution, acquittal, amnesty, compurgation, condonation, discharge, dispensation, exception, excuse, innocence, justification, liberation, pardon, release, remission

EXONERATION. The taking off a burden or duty.
     2. It is a rule in the distribution of an intestate's estate that the debts which he himself contracted, and for which be mortgaged his land as security, shall be paid out of the personal estate in exoneration of the real.
     3. But when the real estate is charged with the payment of a mortgage at the time the intestate buys it, and the purchase is made subject to it, the personal. is not in that case to be applied, in exoneration of the real estate. 2 Pow. Mortg. 780; 5 Hayw. 57; 3 Johns. Ch. R. 229.
     4. But the rule for exonerating the real estate out of the personal, does not apply against specific or pecuniary legatees, nor the widow's right to paraphernalia, and with reason not against the interest of creditors. 2 Ves. jr. 64; 1 P. Wms. 693; Id. 729; 2 Id. 120,335; 3 Id. 367. Vide Pow. Mortg. Index, h.t.

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We had this big surge of exonerations that was driven by [Harris County] efforts to rectify that," said Barbara O'Brien, a Michigan State University law professor and editor of The National Registry of Exonerations, which on Wednesday released a report showing that Texas led the U.
While the exoneration of the high-profile drug suspects drew criticism, it was welcomed by Lim.
But to the public that is already disgusted with the plethora of acquittals and pre-trial exonerations performed by the judiciary, this is already judicial impunity at its worst in the history of the country," De Lima said.
Several other 'miracles' continued to be performed on high-profile cases, most prominent among them being the virtual historic exoneration of the dictator Marcos for all crimes committed against the Filipino people, when the Supreme Court allowed his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, despite the Court's own past decisions that adjudged Marcos to have acquired ill-gotten wealth throughout his reign as dictator,' De Lima said.
It is the perfect narrative upon which to build a multi-million dollar exoneration industry, which has now lost one of its greatest assets--the National Commission on Forensic Science.
rejecting it allowed everything to open up," which provided exoneration and full freedom.
Therefore, in some cases, even large exoneration compensations may not have a substantial effect on the choices of innocent individuals.
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21) DNA exoneration cases were not only extensively covered in national and local print media, but they were also regularly featured in documentaries, television programs, plays, movies, and popular true crime books and novels.
The so- called letter by Gurmeet Ram Rahim that has been made the basis for his exoneration is nothing but a sham.