Actual Innocence Awareness Database


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The Actual Innocence awareness database lists selected United States resources pertaining to wrongful convictions, selected from the popular media (such as newspaper articles and segments which aired on television news magazines), journal articles, books, reports, legislation and websites. The selected materials are classified into subtopics considered the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA; eyewitness identification; false confessions; jailhouse informants; police and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and ineffective representation. There is also a "general" topic for those materials which cover multiple subtopics or defy further categorization.

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The Drumbeat of Innocence: Another Wrongfully Convicted Man is Freed (General)
Authors:
Scott Martelle
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, October 21, 2014
Deskovic Blames False Confession on Lie Detector Test (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jonathan Bandler
Citation (Popular Media):
Lohud.com, October 21, 2014
Judge Denies Finch's Bid for Freedom (General)
Authors:
Olivia Neeley
Citation (Popular Media):
The Wilson Times, October 22, 2014
County to Investigate Possible Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Patrick McNamara
Citation (Popular Media):
Arizona Daily Star
Man in Prison For 24 Years on a Wrongful Conviction FIles Federal Lawsuit (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Sharon Smith
Citation (Popular Media):
Charlotte Observer, October 13, 2014
Trial Set in Wrongful Conviction Case (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Oneida Daily Dispatch
Spokane Men Claim Wrongful Conviction, Want State to Pay (General)
Authors:
Hayley Guenthner, October 15, 2014
Citation (Popular Media):
KREM.com, October 15, 2014
Man Wrongfully Convicted in 1985 NYC Kidnapping, Killing Freed After Nearly 30 Years in Prison (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS New York, October 15, 2014
Biloxi Man Released From Prison Murder Conviction Thrown Out (General)
Authors:
Robin Fitzgerald
Citation (Popular Media):
Sunherald.com, October 16, 2014
Man Walks Free After Brooklyn Conviction Vacated (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Andrew Keshner
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Law Journal, October 16, 2014
Deskovic, Investigator Face Off Over Polygraph (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Greg Shilinglaw
Citation (Popular Media):
Lohud.com, October 17, 2014
Durham Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder in 1976 Released (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Andy Mattison
Citation (Popular Media):
Time Warner Cable News: Coastal, October 18, 2014
After 28 Years, Wronged Criminal Defendant Ponders Civil Suit (General)
Authors:
Charisma L. Troiano
Citation (Popular Media):
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 20, 2014
Woman Exhonerated From Prison, 17 Years After Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Brian Sprowl
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Digest News, October 11, 2014
Settlement Closes Last Chapter in McHenry Wrongful Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Harry HItzeman
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Herald, October 12, 2014
Discredited Lab Test was Key to Woman's Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Ziva Branstetter
Citation (Popular Media):
Tulsa World, October 13, 2014
28 Years in Prison: Man Freed From Wrongful Conviction (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Rocklin and Roseville Today
28 Years in Prison: Man Freed From Wrongful Conviction (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Rocklin and Roseville Today
Wrongful Conviction Spurs New Police Policies (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
WKYT, October 12, 2014
Wrongful Convictions in Louisville (General)
Authors:
Andrew Wolfson
Citation (Popular Media):
The Courier-Journal, October 3, 2014
Texas Releases Death Row Inmate Manuel Velez After Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Ed Pilkington
Citation (Popular Media):
The Guardian, October 8, 2014
Yolo County Gives Those Who Say They Were Wrongly Convicted a Second Chance (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
KFBK.com, October 9, 2014
Woman, 59, Released After Wrongful Murder Conviction Overturned (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS Los Angeles, October 10, 2014