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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November 11, 2013
Prosecutor Ken Anderson To Serve Jail Time For Wrongfully Convicting Michael Morton (General)
Authors:
Allison Geller
Citation (Popular Media):
Opposing Views, November 9, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/prosecutor-ken-anderson-serve-jail-time-wrongfully-convicting-michael-morton#
November 7, 2013
Man Who Spent 18 Years In Prison For Wrongful Conviction Settles With Goldsboro (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
WITN.com, November 6, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Man-Who-Spent-18-Years-In-Prison-For-Wrongful-Conviction-Settles-With-Goldsboro-230878271.html?ref=271
November 6, 2013
Mo. Appeals Court Throws Out Ryan Ferguson's Convictions (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Justin Wingerter
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS St. Louis, November 5, 2013
Original URL:
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/11/05/mo-appeals-court-throws-out-ryan-fergusons-convictions/
November 6, 2013
Parole Is Granted in a 1995 Killing Investigated by a Brooklyn Detective (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Frances Robles
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, November 1, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/nyregion/parole-is-granted-in-a-1995-killing-investigated-by-a-brooklyn-detective.html?_r=0
November 5, 2013
Senate Approves #136K For Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Wislawjournla.com, November 5, 2013
Original URL:
http://wislawjournal.com/2013/11/05/senate-to-consider-90k-for-wrongful-conviction/
November 4, 2013
Wrongly Convicted Murderer Released After Nearly Two Decades in Jail (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kyle Hutchison
Citation (Popular Media):
New Jersey News Room, November 1, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/wrongly-convicted-murderer-released-after-nearly-two-decades-in-jail
November 4, 2013
Wrongful Murder Conviction Triggers Feud In Culpeper (General)
Authors:
Frank Green
Citation (Popular Media):
Times Dispatch, November 4, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/wrongful-murder-conviction-causes-bitter-feud-in-culpeper/article_d164c383-4a60-598e-962c-3bac7d8d1c5a.html
October 31, 2013
Prosecutor's Decision to Drop Murder Charge Makes Former Mo. Death Row Inmate a Free Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
BIll Draper
Citation (Popular Media):
Republic, October 30, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/788fb96bf0834c798124d7a99fbb49a1/US-Conviction-Overturned-Exoneration
October 28, 2013
Judge Overturns 1995 Bernards Murder Conviction; Accused Will Walk on $5K Bail (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Sergio Bichao
Citation (Popular Media):
MyCentralJersey.com, October 28, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131028/NJNEWS14/310280028/Judge-overturns-1995-Bernards-murder-conviction-accused-will-walk-on-5K-bail?nclick_check=1
October 28, 2013
For Both Sides, Time Takes a Heavy Toll On Evidence (General)
Authors:
Brandi Grissom
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, October 26, 2013
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/us/for-both-sides-time-takes-a-heavy-toll-on-evidence.html?src=twr&_r=0

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