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Tending to clear someone, especially a suspect, of guilt or blame; exonerative.


(ɪkˈskʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exculpatory - clearing of guilt or blame
clean-handed, guiltless, innocent - free from evil or guilt; "an innocent child"; "the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
inculpative, inculpatory - causing blame to be imputed to
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Washington has strongly protested her trial, noting in particular that the Azerbaijani court had refused to hear exculpatory evidence from her employer, U.
Even false testimony or repeated suppression of exculpatory evidence does not damage a prosecutor's reputation.
The videos are considered potentially exculpatory evidence that would have to be handed over to defense lawyers if they requested it before a trial.
Withholding exculpatory evidence and the presentation of false testimony in a death penalty case is quite possibly the most serious ethical breach for a lawyer you can imagine," he said.
Their appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court and the emergence, years later, of the exculpatory evidence the task force had all along provides much of the drama in Powell's book and gives further credence to its title.
Only after he was convicted did we learn that the Justice Department prosecutors intentionally hid exculpatory evidence that could have helped his case.
The suspect under investigation by the grand jury [has never] been thought to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented.
Karar was ready to testify as a witness during the trial and offered to present his exculpatory evidence to the court but never got the chance to do so, he said.
The authorities suppressed exculpatory evidence and found informants to testify against McMillian with preposterous, contradictory and constantly changing stories.
A Brady violation occurs when the prosecution withholds exculpatory evidence that could declare the defendant's innocence.