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 6, 2015
L.A. County D.A. To Create Unit to Review Wrongful-Conviction Claims (General)
Authors:
Marisa Gerber
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, April 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-conviction-review-unit-20150422-story.html#page=1
May 6, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Man's Charges Dismissed (General)
Authors:
Candice Nguyen
Citation (Popular Media):
NBClosangeles.com, April 22, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Charges-Expected-Dismissed--Wrongly-Convicted-Man-300939251.html
May 6, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Woman Who Spent 17 Years in Prison For Murder Sues Los Angeles (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Journal, April 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/a1cba5f1b68549e8a3e632e06c6e00fe/CA--Murder-Exoneration/
May 6, 2015
Payment to Members of Beatrice 6 Advanced by Legislature (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Joanne Young
Citation (Popular Media):
Journalstar.com, May 1, 2015
Original URL:
http://journalstar.com/legislature/payment-to-members-of-beatrice-advanced-by-legislature/article_9d667778-91bc-5ef6-bdd1-0a94427aa503.html
May 1, 2015
Woman Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Sues City, LAPD Detective (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Stephen Ceasar
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, April 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-susan-mellen-lapd-los-angeles-20150423-story.html
May 1, 2015
Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit FIles Against Greensboro Police (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Thor Tobiassen
Citation (Popular Media):
Guilfordian, April 24, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.guilfordian.com/worldnation/2015/04/24/wrongful-conviction-lawsuit-filed-against-greensboro-police/
May 1, 2015
LA County to Investigate Wrongful Conviction Claims (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
U. T. San Diego, April 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/23/la-county-to-investigate-wrongful-conviction/
May 1, 2015
2 N.C. Residents Receive Special Courage Awards After Wrongful Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
News & Record, April 23, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.news-record.com/news/n-c-residents-receive-special-courage-awards-after-wrongful-conviction/article_865cf2b0-e9ea-11e4-8d38-4309d8a1663d.html
May 1, 2015
Alabama Man Bill Wilson Falsely Convicted of Killing His Wife and Child in 1908 with Bogus Evidence (General)
Authors:
David J. Krajicek
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily News, April 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/justice-hed-article-1.2198659
May 1, 2015
Another Man on Death Row for 27 Years in Alabama Claims He is Innocent (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
The Guardian, April 25, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/25/another-alabama-man-death-row-claims-innocence

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