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.

Article titles link to images of each article's first page, when available. The Library provides this service under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law. Only the first page of an article will be scanned, and images will be deleted after two weeks. This service is for non-commercial, educational purposes only.

July 30, 2007
Backlog of DNA May Aid Cases; State Officials Will Review Old Crimes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Saltzman, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, July 17, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2gfxjz
July 20, 2007
Editorial, Justice Delayed; Overburdened Crime Labs Are Undermining Law Enforcement (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, July 20, 2007, at A18.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ytauvl
July 18, 2007
As Requests for DNA Tests Soar, So Do Lab Backlogs (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Rondeaux, Candace and Londono, Ernesto
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, July 15, 2007, at A01.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/38rj9o
July 18, 2007
Execution of Ga. Man Near Despite Recantations (General)
Authors:
Whoriskey, Peter
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, July 16, 2007, at A01.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/3bqzxx
July 12, 2007
Comment, Embracing the DNA Fingerprint Act (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Haines, Patrick
Citation (Journal Articles):
5 J. Telecommunications and High Tech. L. 629 (2007).
July 10, 2007
New Jersey Drops Charges for Man Imprisoned 19 Years (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kelley, Tina
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, July 10, 2007, at B3.
July 6, 2007
Remarks on the Use and Misuse of Forensic Science to Lead to False Convictions (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Ungvarsky, Edward J.
Citation (Journal Articles):
41 New Eng. L. Rev. 609 (2007).
July 6, 2007
The "CSI Effect" on Real Crime Labs (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Stephens, Sheila L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
41 New Eng. L. Rev. 591 (2007).
July 6, 2007
The CSI Effect: Its Impact and Potential Concerns (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Cooley, Craig M.
Citation (Journal Articles):
41 New Eng. L. Rev. 471 (2007).
July 6, 2007
CSI and Its Effects: Media, Juries, and the Burden of Proof (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Cole, Simon A. and Dioso-Villa, Rachel
Citation (Journal Articles):
41 New Eng. L. Rev. 435 (2007).

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