Meet the Exonerees

Anthony Bragdon

State: District of Columbia
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: 1991
Age at Arrest: 19
Conviction Date: 30-Apr-92
Age When Exonerated: 31
Exonerated Date: Mar-03
Time Served: 10
Conviction: Armed assault with intent to rape, Possession of a firearm during a crime of violence
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No

Case Details

On April 30, 1992, a District of Columbia jury charged twenty-year-old Anthony Bragdon with two counts of armed assault with intent to rape. Eleven years later, in March of 2003, Bragdon was finally exonerated after serving ten years in prison. Bragdon was convicted based on the false testimony of FBI forensic scientist Michael Malone. Malone testified that carpet fibers found on the victim’s clothing had originated in Bragdon’s apartment. This was the only evidence of Bragdon's alleged attempt to rape. A decade later, a widespread investigation into shoddy work of the FBI’s forensic scientists led to the conclusion that Malone’s testimony had in fact been false, and Bragdon was finally exonerated.