Actual Innocence Awareness Database Archive

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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May 28, 2015
False Conviction Bill Passes Texas Senate (General)
Authors:
Anna M. Tinsley
Citation (Popular Media):
Star Telegram, May 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article22397628.html
May 28, 2015
Texas Tackles Old Convictions, New Science (General)
Authors:
Maurice Chammah
Citation (Popular Media):
Texas Tribune, May 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.texastribune.org/2015/05/28/texas-tackles-old-convictions-new-science/
May 28, 2015
Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder In Lake County to be Released Today (General)
Authors:
Lee Filas
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Herald, May 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150528/news/150528747/
May 28, 2015
Virginia Man Pardoned After 29 Years in Jail for Attempted Rape he Didn't Commit (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
The Guardian, May 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/14/virginia-man-pardoned-29-years-prison-attempted-rape
May 28, 2015
Judge Grants Certificate of Actual Innocence to DC Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
myfoxdc.com, May 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29141117/cleveland-wright-innocence
May 28, 2015
D.C. Man Imprisoned by Flawed FBI Forensic Evidence Exonerated (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Spencer S. Hsu
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington POst, May 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-man-imprisoned-by-flawed-fbi-forensic-evidence-exonerated/2015/05/23/ed382f70-00c6-11e5-8b6c-0dcce21e223d_story.html
May 28, 2015
UW Lawyers Seek New DNA Testing in 2000 Longview Murder Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Shari Phiel
Citation (Popular Media):
TDN.com, May 23, 2015
Original URL:
https://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/user/73#overlay=node/add/actual-innocence
May 21, 2015
Queens Man Exonerated for Murder After 14 Years Gets $2.75M From State (General)
Authors:
Janon Fisher
Citation (Popular Media):
DNAinfo.com, May 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150520/far-rockaway/queens-man-exonerated-for-murder-after-14-years-gets-275m-from-state
May 21, 2015
Court Dismisses 1992 Sexual Assault Conviction of Austin Couple (General)
Authors:
Jennifer Kendall
Citation (Popular Media):
myfoxaustin, May 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/29116062/court-dismisses-1992-sexual-assault-conviction-of-austin-couple
May 21, 2015
RIcky Jackson, Cleveland Man, Released from Prison 39 Years After Being Wrongly Convicted (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
newsnet5.com, May 19, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/ricky-jackson-cleveland-man-released-from-prison-39-years-after-being-wrongly-convicted-sues-city

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