- 81-year-old Paul Gatling was cleared of murder charges on Monday, more than 50 years after being sentenced
- His was the 20th exoneration won by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson since 2014
- Exonerations are on the rise nationally with Thompson's Conviction Review Unit heralded as a model
(CNN)Paul Gatling leaned on his cane and looked Brooklyn's chief prosecutor right in the eye. The prosecutor, grasping Gatling's arm and speaking softly, offered him an apology.