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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December 16, 2014
Mother of Convicted Killer Asks DA To Set Him Free for Christmas (General)
Authors:
Lorena Mongelli
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, December 15, 2014
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2014/12/15/mother-of-convicted-killer-asks-da-to-set-him-free-for-christmas/
December 16, 2014
Wisconsin Man Wants $450,000 From State For Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Claims Journal, December 11, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/11/258892.htm
December 16, 2014
Akron Man Exonerated of Murder After 19 Years in Prison Sues City, Police Officers (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Adam Ferrise
Citation (Popular Media):
Cleveland.com, December 10, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2014/12/akron_man_exonerated_of_murder_1.html
December 16, 2014
Man Set Free After 2004 Wrongful Conviction (False Confessions)
Authors:
Rich Newberg
Citation (Popular Media):
WIVB.com, December 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://wivb.com/2014/12/09/man-set-free-after-2004-wrongful-conviction/
December 9, 2014
Ohio Man Walks Out of Court Exonerated After Spending Nearly 40 Years Wrongly Convicted of Murder (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
10news.com, December 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.10news.com/news/ohio-man-walks-out-of-court-exonerated-after-spending-nearly-40-years-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-120914
December 9, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Man Free; In Prison 10 Years (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Newsday, December 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/wrongly-convicted-man-free-in-prison-10-years-1.9697328
December 9, 2014
Charges Formally Dismissed Against Wrongly Convicted Man (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Shannon Carney
Citation (Popular Media):
Fox8.com, December 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://fox8.com/2014/12/09/wrongly-convicted-man-to-have-charges-formally-dismissed/
December 9, 2014
With New Evidence, Man Convicted in 1976 Murders Gets Chance at Freedom (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Woolverton
Citation (Popular Media):
fayobserver.com, December 5, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/convicted-murderer-granted-chance-to-win-freedom-after-years/article_e4f74f33-9960-589a-9383-d2b844d94eae.html
December 9, 2014
Man Gets Day in Court After Spending 26 Years in Prison for Wrongful Conviction in Rape Case (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Popular Media):
wxyz.com, December 5, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.wxyz.com/news/man-gets-day-in-court-after-spending-26-years-in-prison-for-wrongful-conviction-in-rape-case
December 9, 2014
MIchigan Legislature Weighs 2 Bills to Aid Wrongly Convicted Felons (General)
Authors:
Sandra Svoboda
Citation (Popular Media):
Mlive.com, December 4, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/12/legislature_weighs_2_bills_to.html

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