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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Supreme Court: Neillsville Man Wrongfully Convicted (General)
Authors:
Kevin Murphy
Citation (Popular Media):
Marshfieldnewsherald.com, January 22, 2015
Nearly 40 Years After Wrongful Conviction, 70-Year-Old North Carolina Man Walks Out of Prison (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Foxnews.com, January 24, 2015
Man Freed After Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jonathan Drew
Citation (Popular Media):
Indianagazette.com, January 24, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Man Freed From Prison After Nearly 40 Years (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Fred Lambert
Citation (Popular Media):
UPI.com, January 25, 2015
DA Won't Overturn Conviction in Murder of College Football Player (General)
Authors:
Josh Saul
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, January 13, 2015
Gov. Quinn Commutes Sentence of Man Convicted of Lying in Murder Case (General)
Authors:
Frank Main
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Sun Times, January 12, 2015
Law Maker Pushes DNA Testing to Clear Wrongly Convicted (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kathleen Hopkins
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Journal, January 15, 2015
In Latest Settlement for NYC, the CIty Will Pay $17 Million For Three Brothers' Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Ann Brown
Citation (Popular Media):
Madame Noire, January 15, 2014
City Loses Attempt to Dismiss Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit (General)
Authors:
Mark Hamblett
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Law Journal, January 16, 2015