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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New resources will be posted as they become available, and will be displayed on the website home page for two weeks; resources will then be classified and available by subtopic. URLs for popular media items (to the extent they are available) will drop off after two weeks in an effort to avoid broken links.

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Pro Bono: Covington's Wrongful Conviction Case (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Wenxiong Zhang, August 27, 2014
Citation (Popular Media):
American Lawyer, August 27, 2014
Defense Tries Again in Latest Appeal for Katy Coach Convicted of Murder (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Brian Rogers
Citation (Popular Media):
Houston Chronicle, August 29, 2014
United States: WilmerHale Annuonces Post-Conviction DNA Testing Exonerates 30-Year Death Row (Forensics/DNA)
WilmerHale LLP
Citation (Popular Media):
Mondaq, September 3. 2014
Settlement Reached in Wrongful Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
Jewish Community Voice, September 3, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Brothers Freed After 31 Years in Prison (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):, September 4, 2014
2 Men Were Wrongly Convicted And Jailed For 30 Years. This Senate Hopeful Says 'The Process Worked' (Forensics/DNA)
Alice Ollstein
Citation (Popular Media):
Think Progress, September 4, 2014
After 17 Years, Man Convicted of Rape, Murder Freed by DNA Test (Forensics/DNA)
Lisa Riordan Seville
Citation (Popular Media):, September 9, 2014
New York Finally Pays Wrongly Convicted Man: $7.3 Million for Nine Years in Prison (General)
John O'Brien
Citation (Popular Media):, September 11, 2014
DNA Evidence Frees Two Innocent North Carolina Men 30 Years After Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
South Carolina SC, September 10, 2014