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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Overall, the registry is seeing fewer exonerations based on DNA, largely because more of those cases are getting weeded out before being brought to trial, Warden said.
Of course, it is possible that the Rampart and Tulia cases, rather than the exoneration cases studied by others, represent the outlier.
Since the late 1980s there have been 850 exonerations nationwide, according to University of Michigan law professor Samuel Gross, whose 2008 analysis found that the rate of exoneration of capital defendants is 2.3 percent.
Since the first post-conviction DNA exoneration of an innocent criminal defendant in 1989, (7) the legal literature has closely followed the more than two hundred convicted defendants who have proven their innocence through this new technology.
But the idea that this is some sort of exoneration seems very highly contradictory to this," Toobin concluded.
The importance of this verdict is that for the families there is now an official record of the murder of their loved ones; for the West Midlands Police an exoneration of their actions at the time.
L'attestation de debut d'activite donnant droit a l'exoneration de la TVA ne sera plus exigee.
Louis Park, would change the definition of "exonerated." The term would refer to a conviction that a court has vacated, reversed or set aside "on grounds consistent with innocence." No felony charges related to the original incident could be in effect at the time of exoneration, unless the prosecutor dismisses them.
'No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!,' tweeted Trump even though Mueller's report did not mean a total exoneration.
But, all too characteristically, the president is portraying Mueller's findings as a "total exoneration." It's no such thing.