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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October 1, 2014
Judge Approves $10 Million Wrongful Conviction Deal (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Andrew Keshner
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Law Journal, September 24, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/this-weeks-news/id=1202671062508/Judge-Approves-10-Million-Wrongful-Conviction-Deal?mcode=1202615038803&curindex=6&slreturn=20140901195848
October 1, 2014
7th Circuit Hears Wrongful-Conviction Case (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jack Bouboushian
Citation (Popular Media):
Courthouse News Service, September 29, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/09/29/71906.htm
October 1, 2014
State May Pay More than $500,000 to Man Wrongfully Convicted of Rape (General)
Authors:
Brooks Johnson
Citation (Popular Media):
TDN.com, September 29, 2014
Original URL:
http://tdn.com/news/local/state-may-pay-more-than-to-man-wrongfully-convicted-of/article_b2e930a6-484a-11e4-8c6d-ffc04746fe1a.html
October 1, 2014
Wrongfully Convicted Metairie Man Entitled to $330,000 for 17 Years in Prison (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Purpura
Citation (Popular Media):
Nola.com, September 30, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/09/wrongfully_convicted_metairie.html
October 1, 2014
Two Men Convicted in 1993 Kidnapping of Brooklyn Teen See Guilty Verdicts Overturned in State Appeals Court (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Oren Yaniv and Ginger Adams Otis
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, September 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/men-convicted-brooklyn-kidnapping-verdicts-overturned-article-1.1944007
October 1, 2014
US Attorneys' Office Creates First Federal Wrongful Convictions Unit (General)
Authors:
Shafaq Hasan
Citation (Popular Media):
Nonprofit Quarterly, September 18, 2014
Original URL:
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/24845-us-attorneys-office-creates-first-federal-wrongful-convictions-unit.html
October 1, 2014
Judge in Heidi Allen Case Reverses Decision, Will Allow DA to Respond to Wrongful Conviction Claim (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
John O'Brien
Citation (Popular Media):
Syracuse.com, September 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/judge_in_heidi_allen_cases_reverses_decision_will_allow_da_to_file_full_response.html
September 29, 2014
Trial Date Set in Bozella Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
John W. Barry
Citation (Popular Media):
Poughkeepsie Journal
Original URL:
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2014/09/25/dewey-bozella-dutchess-county/16235805/
September 29, 2014
Wrongfully Convicted Seattle Man Awarded Nearly $500,000 (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Steve Miletich
Citation (Popular Media):
Seattle Times, September 26, 2014
Original URL:
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/09/wrongfully-convicted-seattle-man-awarded-nearly-500000/
September 29, 2014
Duke Law Clinic Reviewing 1987 Conviction (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Newsobserver.com, September 28, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/28/4190754/duke-law-clinic-reviewing-1987.html

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