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 15, 2007
California Dreaming: The Golden State's Restless Approach to Newly Discovered Evidence of Innocence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Medwed, Daniel S.
Citation (Journal Articles):
40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1437 (2007).
May 15, 2007
Comment, A Step Too Far: Due Process and DNA Collection in California After Proposition 69 (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Berlet, Robert
Citation (Journal Articles):
40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1481 (2007).
May 14, 2007
New York Plan for DNA Data in Most Crimes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
McGeehan, Patrick
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 14, 2007, at A1.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/14/nyregion/14dna.html?ref=todayspaper
May 9, 2007
Broken Justice: The Death Penalty in Virginia (General)
Authors:
King, Rachel
Citation (Reports):
ACLU of Virginia, November, 2003.
Original URL:
http://www.aclu.org/FilesPDFs/broken_justice.pdf
May 8, 2007
Riverside County must pay wrongly convicted man (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Weinstein, Henry
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, May 1, 2007.
May 8, 2007
Ruling backs taking DNA of teen felon (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Sangree, Hudson
Citation (Popular Media):
Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2007, at A1.
May 8, 2007
Witness ID can make, break case (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Spencer-Wendel, Susan
Citation (Popular Media):
Palm Beach Post, May 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2007/05/02/m1a_EYEWITNESS_0502b.html
May 8, 2007
House OKs eyewitness ID measure (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Beckwith, Ryan Teague
Citation (Popular Media):
newsobserver.com, May 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/569790.html
May 8, 2007
Prosecutors' lose power over DNA testing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Welsh-Huggins, Andrew
Citation (Popular Media):
chron.com, May 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4768685.html
May 8, 2007
DNA exoneration hasn't healed man's wounds (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Tomaso, Bruce
Citation (Popular Media):
DallasNews.com, April 29, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/042907dnmetturnerdna.387c736.html

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