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 30, 2007
The Admission of Unreliable Expert Testimony Offered By The Prosecution: What's Wrong with Daubert and How to Make It Right (General)
Authors:
DeCoux, Elizabeth L.
Citation (Journal Articles):
2007 Utah L. Rev. 131 (2007).
May 30, 2007
Chimeras: Double the DNA-Double the Fun for Crime Scene Investigators, Prosecutors, and Defense Attorneys? (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Arcabascio, Catherine
Citation (Journal Articles):
40 Akron L. Rev. 435 (2007).
May 23, 2007
The Limitations of Fingerprint Identifications (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Newman, Drew
Citation (Popular Media):
22 Crim. Just. 36 (2007).
May 22, 2007
Convicted Murderer Is Freed In Wake of Tainted Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Camp, Cheryl
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 22, 2007, at A16.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/us/22exonerate.html
May 21, 2007
The Wrong Man (General)
Authors:
Neff, James
Citation (Books):
Random House, 2001.
May 21, 2007
A hard look at jail snitches; Bill would require that their testimony be corroborated (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Rojas, Aurelio
Citation (Popular Media):
Sacramento Bee, May 18, 2007, at A3.
May 21, 2007
Seminole print-ID scan widens (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Stutzman, Rene
Citation (Popular Media):
OrlandoSentinel.com, May 11, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2cno8n
May 21, 2007
Investigator general investigating troubled state police crime law (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
SouthCoastToday.com, May 13, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070513/NEWS/705130343
May 21, 2007
DNA in Murders Frees Inmate After 19 Years (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kelley, Tina
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 16, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/nyregion/16dna.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
May 21, 2007
NYPD To Get A Clue After Case Foul-Ups (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Montefinise, Angela and Hamilton, Brad
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Post, May 13, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/35u65h

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