Michael Hanline

Michael HanlineCounty of Conviction: Ventura, California

Race: White

Wrongful Conviction: First-degree Murder

Exonerated Date: 2014

Years Served: 36

In November 1978, Michael Hanline was convicted for murder and was sentenced to life without parole. Over several years, investigators uncovered police reports that had been sealed before Michael’s trial that implicated others, not Michael. The defense attorney and known drug dealer, Bruce Robertson, made concerted efforts to steer the investigation away from his clients and toward Michael. Bruce, who is since deceased, had threatened witnesses and intimidated them into testifying against Michael. Additionally, a witness placed Bruce at J.T.’s home the night he was killed. After additional DNA testing and investigation, Hanline’s conviction was reversed. He was the longest wrongful incarceration in California history.

Source: California Innocence Project

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