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She thinks the evidence will exculpate her client.
  clear of guilt or blame
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  • She thinks the evidence will exculpate her client.
  • It is my sincere hope that this book does not come across as self-congratulatory or self-exculpatory.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • These police put Walter on death row while he was a pretrial detainee; I feared that they would not scrupulously follow the legal requirement to turn over all exculpatory evidence that could help him prove his innocence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "I fail to see what that has to do with this triar "It may exculpate Mr. Dillard’s client," Baker said.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client

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  • He’s investigating something new on the case’possibly something exculpatory.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Two months passed away in hopeless expectation on my part, while I must do the magistrate the justice to say that he used every means to obtain information of the person I declared could exculpate me if he would.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I would allow myself to suffer under the greatest imputations which evil-minded men might suggest, rather than exculpate myself, and thereby run the hazard of closing the slightest avenue by which a brother slave might clear himself of the chains and fetters of slavery.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • A thousand times rather would I have confessed myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine, but I was absent when it was committed, and such a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Tess’s voice throughout had hardly risen higher than its opening tone; there had been no exculpatory phrase of any kind, and she had not wept.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He did not, however, endeavour to exculpate himself; but took a method which almost equally confounded me.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones

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  • Gurth, knowing his master’s irritable temper, attempted no exculpation; but the Jester, who could presume upon Cedric’s tolerance, by virtue of his privileges as a fool, replied for them both; "In troth, uncle Cedric, you are neither wise nor reasonable to-night."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But it was the truth as he knew the truth, infinitely more exculpatory after his death than before it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The quickest way to provoke that state was to permit no contact, no discussion, no exculpating explanations aimed at enlisting the subject to get the offender off the hook.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The long afternoons she spent browsing through dictionary and thesaurus made for constructions that were inept, but hauntingly so: the coins a villain concealed in his pocket were "esoteric," a hoodlum caught stealing a car wept in "shameless auto-exculpation," the heroine on her thoroughbred stallion made a "cursory" journey through the night, the king’s furrowed brow was the "hieroglyph" of his displeasure.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • And how was he to exculpate her entirely? A great legal mistake.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The only exculpatory aspect of my crimes is that I was caught and so many others were not and are not.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He took Withers, the trader, into his confidence, and they planned a story, which Withers was to carry to Stonebridge, that would exculpate Fay and Shefford of anything more serious than flight.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • …which he had never lost because after it finally told him what to do that night he forgot about it and didn’t know that he still had it) and told Grandfather—told him, mind; not excusing, asking for no pity; not explaining, asking for no exculpation: just told Grandfather how he had put his first wife aside like eleventh and twelfth century kings did: ’I found that she was not and could never be, through no fault of her own, adjunctive or incremental to the design which I had in…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • We had uncovered so much exculpatory evidence that had not been disclosed previously that we were sure there was still more that had not been turned over.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • We would now have an opportunity to present Ralph Myers’s new testimony and all the exculpatory evidence we’d discovered in police records that had never been disclosed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has long required that the prosecution disclose to the defendant anything that is exculpatory or that may be helpful to the defendant in impeaching a witness.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • All of these recorded statements were typed, exculpatory, and favorable to Walter McMillian, and none of them had been disclosed to McMillian’s attorneys, as was required.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I’m sure that Ms. Leven will give me that exculpatory information, if and when it ever arrives, but I’m willing at this point to take my chances.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Even if the court was unwilling to rule that Walter was innocent and should be released, the withholding of exculpatory evidence was extreme enough that the court would have a hard time avoiding the case law requiring a new trial.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The attorney general’s motion asked the court to stay the litigation and not issue a ruling because they "may have uncovered exculpatory evidence favorable to Mr. McMillian that could entitle him to a new trial," but they needed more time to complete their investigation.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • And although within a few moments after he had obtained it, he appeared and explained that at last he had secured the name of some one who might help her, still there was yet the serious business of heartening her for the task of seeing the doctor alone, also for the story that was to exculpate him and at the same time win for her sufficient sympathy to cause the doctor to make the charge for his service merely nominal.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • So they wanted me to come up and get the straight of it so as to get the charge dismissed, if possible—so now if you’ll just let me know the ins and outs of this—you know—that is——" He paused there, confident because of what the district attorney had just told him, as well as Clyde’s peculiarly nervous and recessive manner, that he would not have very much that was exculpatory to reveal.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This is the matter, gentlemen; answer and exculpate yourselves, for I stand here to accuse you.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • Mr Verloc tried to exculpate himself huskily.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • He did not, however, endeavour to exculpate himself; but took a method which almost equally confounded me.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
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