If you are wondering if wrongful arrests are common in Los Angeles, keep in mind that California tied Texas and one other state for third in exonerations in 2021. The table below is pulled from the National Registry of Exonerations which can be found and searched at: University of Michigan’s Exoneration Registry Page.

Illinois and New York take the number 1 and 2 spots respectfully for exonerations in 2021 with California in third place. The data shows that false and unlawful arrests are more common than you think. With arrests declining across the country (according to some statistics) and crimes increasing in Los Angeles (according to other statistics) – a look at the registry of national exonerations paints a clear picture when wondering how common false arrests are. Our lead attorney, Greg Kirakosian, recently won an incredible false arrest case for our client Lyle Spruill and is more than familiar with the realities that exist behind arrests in general in our dear and beloved city of Los Angeles.

The table below is best seen on a desktop. You can also download a PDF (it still has the links to the people exonerated but with removed data for better reading) here:

https://www.kirakosianlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2021-Exoneration-Data-Taken-from-the-National-Registry-Of-Exonerations-Sheet1.pdf

2021 National Registry of Exonerations California

Last NameFirst NameStateCountyConvictedExoneratedDNA*Contributing Factors DisplayPosting Date
WillisPatrickCaliforniaAlameda20132021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense6/18/2021
WilliamsBarryCaliforniaLos Angeles19862021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense4/22/2021
DumbriqueEdwardCaliforniaLos Angeles19982021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense4/6/2021
KleneJohnCaliforniaLos Angeles19982021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense4/6/2021
O’HearnPatrickCaliforniaMarin20182021Inadequate Legal Defense11/8/2021
LongKimberlyCaliforniaRiverside20052021DNA*Inadequate Legal Defense5/18/2021
VanderhorstZacharyCaliforniaSan Francisco19742021Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense11/8/2021
BautistaJuanCaliforniaSan Joaquin20112021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation7/13/2021
Ixta, Jr.IgnacioCaliforniaVentura20102021Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct5/6/2021
MorantStefonConnecticutNew Haven19942021False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct11/15/2021
GibsonDavidFed-DE201820217/16/2021
Harra, Jr.RobertFed-DE201820217/16/2021
NorthWilliamFed-DE201820217/16/2021
RakowskiKevynFed-DE201820217/16/2021
NolanRalphFed-NY(Southern)20152021Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense5/27/2021
HazelwoodMarkFed-TN(Eastern)20182021Inadequate Legal Defense8/18/2021
RayaAmanyFed-VA(Western)20202021Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense5/25/2021
DutyDustinFloridaDuval20132021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense11/8/2021
HoppsTonyFloridaHillsborough19902021Mistaken Witness ID, Inadequate Legal Defense9/8/2021
PerryDennisGeorgiaCamden20032021DNAMistaken Witness ID, False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct8/9/2021
InmanDevoniaGeorgiaCook20012021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct1/3/2022
StinchcombMarioGeorgiaFulton20042021Perjury or False Accusation5/6/2021
WoolfolkMichaelGeorgiaFulton20042021Perjury or False Accusation5/22/2021
DebelbotAlbertGeorgiaMuscogee20092021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense5/25/2021
DebelbotAshleyGeorgiaMuscogee20092021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense5/25/2021
JacobsenRonaldGeorgiaNewton19902021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense9/14/2021
TalleyTerryGeorgiaTroup19812021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct4/4/2021
MadeusFrancisGuam20152021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct5/3/2021
AllenJamesIllinoisCook19872021Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct9/27/2021
TylerSeanIllinoisCook19952021False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense10/12/2021
HendersonReginaldIllinoisCook19962021False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense10/12/2021
MorfinNicholasIllinoisCook19972021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct2/8/2021
AntusasWayneIllinoisCook19982021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct2/19/2021
GilesMarcIllinoisCook20032021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
RobertsCliffordIllinoisCook20032021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
AdamsDemetrisIllinoisCook20042020
PatrickBryantIllinoisCook20052021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
RobinsonWillieIllinoisCook20052021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
HarrisMauriceIllinoisCook20062021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
MorrisJermaineIllinoisCook20062021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
BonnersCatrinaIllinoisCook20072021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
HarrisEvelessIllinoisCook20072021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
HerronTyroneIllinoisCook20072021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
HowardDarnellIllinoisCook20072021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
NewmanLloydIllinoisCook20072021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
AlmondGeorgeIllinoisCook20082021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
HarrisDarnellIllinoisCook20082021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
JohnsonTrinereIllinoisCook20082021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/2/2021
RocquemoreSharronIllinoisCook20172021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct9/20/2021
WilliamsRobertIllinoisKankakee2017202112/10/2021
SmithKennethIllinoisMcHenry20032021Perjury or False Accusation8/19/2021
SpatesJamieIllinoisWinnebago20182021Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense9/8/2021
RoyerAndrewIndianaElkhart20052021False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense8/2/2021
WestmorelandDonteKansasRiley20172021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct5/4/2021
BuesoDavidLouisianaEast Baton Rouge201920218/2/2021
HudsonJermaineLouisianaOrleans20002021Perjury or False Accusation4/13/2021
RhodesTroyLouisianaOrleans20032021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense11/15/2021
GordonKendallLouisianaOrleans20102021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense12/22/2021
SmithKalieghLouisianaOrleans20102021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense6/25/2021
BrileyYuticoLouisianaOrleans20132021Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense4/5/2021
BallardJarvisLouisianaSt. Bernard19992021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense8/21/2021
Castro SantosDarvinLouisianaSt. Bernard20122021DNAMistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense8/21/2021
Jones IIIClarenceMarylandBaltimore19992021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence9/8/2021
MorrisDavidMarylandBaltimore City20052021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct11/15/2021
HernandezAngelMassachusettsHampden20102021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct6/21/2021
MazzaAnthonyMassachusettsSuffolk19732021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct6/13/2021
FoxworthRobertMassachusettsSuffolk19922021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/1/2021
LucienJamesMassachusettsSuffolk19952021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense12/22/2021
McCallCoreyMichiganBerrien20052021Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense7/9/2021
MillerToniaMichiganCalhoun20032021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence9/20/2021
BrownShawnMichiganCalhoun20102021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense5/3/2021
Poole, Jr.GilbertMichiganOakland19892021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct6/18/2021
DeeringJuwanMichiganOakland20062021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense10/15/2021
CeasorTerryMichiganSt. Clair20052021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense10/15/2021
Smith, Jr.LarryMichiganWayne19942021Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/4/2021
NixonKennethMichiganWayne20052021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation3/19/2021
RomeoJoeMichiganWayne20052021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct8/2/2021
BrownSherwoodMississippiDeSoto19952021DNA*False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation10/4/2021
Howard, Jr.Eddie LeeMississippiLowndes19942021DNA*False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense2/25/2021
StricklandKevinMissouriJackson19792021Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
LaPenaFrankNevadaClark19772021Perjury or False Accusation8/30/2021
HillTaronNew JerseyCamden20062021Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Inadequate Legal Defense7/26/2021
BoydDarrylNew YorkErie19772021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/13/2021
WalkerJohnNew YorkErie19772021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/13/2021
RodriguezWildonNew YorkKings19992021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct3/1/2021
AlaKadafiNew YorkKings20012021False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense7/16/2021
DavisJamesNew YorkKings20062021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense9/9/2021
AzizMuhammadNew YorkNew York19662021Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
IslamKhalilNew YorkNew York19662021Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct12/6/2021
BroadwaterAnthonyNew YorkOnondaga19822021Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/8/2021
RomanCarltonNew YorkQueens19902021False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense8/23/2021
BrelandChadNew YorkQueens19972021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/25/2021
BellGeorgeNew YorkQueens19992021Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense6/13/2021
JohnsonGaryNew YorkQueens19992021False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct6/13/2021
BoltRohanNew YorkQueens20002021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct6/13/2021
WillsRubenNew YorkQueens201720215/25/2021
WilliamsGrantNew YorkRichmond19972021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct8/18/2021
SerranoJasonNew YorkRichmond20182021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/2/2021
ShawWillieNorth CarolinaMecklenburg20162021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense2/16/2021
AndrewsIsaiahOhioCuyahoga19752021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct11/15/2021
BradfordMauriceOhioCuyahoga20162021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence12/10/2021
SmithRalphOhioFairfield20002021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/14/2021
Hoover-MooreKimOhioFranklin20032021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence11/5/2021
AtchisonCoreyOklahomaTulsa19912021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct9/8/2021
WirkkalaLukeOregonDeschutes20142021DNA*4/28/2021
BegayWilsonOregonWasco201820219/20/2021
CroslandCurtisPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19882021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct7/8/2021
CoulstonTroyPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19922021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct12/17/2021
WilliamsChristopherPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19922021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct2/24/2021
LoachJeromePennsylvaniaPhiladelphia20112021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Inadequate Legal Defense9/1/2021
OnyiahObinaPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia20132021Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense5/22/2021
GarciaArkelPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia20152021Mistaken Witness ID, False Confession, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense7/16/2021
HarrisJahmirPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia20152021Mistaken Witness ID, Official Misconduct4/7/2021
GarrettPaul ShaneTennesseeDavidson20032021DNA*False Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense9/8/2021
BraseelAdamTennesseeGrundy20072021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense12/13/2021
TimofeyevMikhailTexasBexar20102021Perjury or False Accusation4/4/2021
CapeJohnTexasBexar20182021Perjury or False Accusation8/23/2021
GarciaLouisTexasBexar20182021Perjury or False Accusation8/23/2021
HobsonForrestTexasBowie20192021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence5/6/2021
MalletStevenTexasHarris20092021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct6/16/2021
GrantLydellTexasHarris20122021DNA*Mistaken Witness ID, False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Official Misconduct6/16/2021
GayDonaldTexasHarris20192021Inadequate Legal Defense6/25/2021
AustinKirkdrickTexasWaller20182021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense4/4/2021
StevensonChristopherTexasWaller20192021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct, Inadequate Legal Defense4/4/2021
LewisCatherineVirginiaAppomattox20192021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct4/6/2021
LewisGloriaVirginiaAppomattox20192021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct4/6/2021
StevensEmersonVirginiaLancaster19862021False or Misleading Forensic Evidence, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct9/20/2021
RozdilskiAustinVirginiaLynchburg City20192021Perjury or False Accusation5/22/2021
CarterJosephVirginiaNorfolk City19902021Mistaken Witness ID, Perjury or False Accusation, Inadequate Legal Defense8/24/2021
Morman, Jr.BobbieVirginiaNorfolk City19932021Mistaken Witness ID, Inadequate Legal Defense8/16/2021
BarnettNathanielWest VirginiaCabell20082021DNAPerjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/25/2021
BarnettPhillipWest VirginiaCabell20082021DNAPerjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/25/2021
BlackJustinWest VirginiaCabell20082021DNAFalse Confession, Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct10/25/2021
SanchezSantosWisconsinMilwaukee19962021Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct5/22/2021