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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August 15, 2007
Points of View: They Must Answer for What They've Done; Prosecutors Who Misuse Discretion or Abuse Power Should Be Held Accountable (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Davis, Angela J.
Citation (Popular Media):
Legal Times, August 6, 2007, at 42.
August 15, 2007
Points of View: How Prosecutors Go Bad (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jeffrey, Deborah
Citation (Popular Media):
Legal Times, August 6, 2007, at 44.
August 15, 2007
Points of View: How Many Innocents in Jail? (General)
Authors:
Taylor, Stuart Jr.
Citation (Popular Media):
Legal Times, August 6, 2007, at 46.
August 14, 2007
Prosecutor Set to Teach DNA Tech to NY Law Students (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Adcock, Thomas
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Lawyer, August 10, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nylawyer.com/display.php/file=/news/07/08/081007c
August 14, 2007
Ritter, Prosecutors Form State Task Force on DNA Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Summit Daily News, August 4, 2007.
August 14, 2007
Lawyers: Mega-Verdict Won't Impact Results in Other Suits (General)
Authors:
Frank, David E.
Citation (Popular Media):
Mass. Lawyers Weekly, August 6, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.masslaw.com/news0806.cfm
August 14, 2007
DNA Exoneration Starts with Innocence Project Gatekeeper (General)
Authors:
Case, Christa
Citation (Popular Media):
Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0806/p20s01-usju.html?page=1
August 14, 2007
HPD Crime Lab Worker Out; 200 Cases in Doubt (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Wise, Lindsay and McVicker, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., August 8, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5035591.html
August 14, 2007
Chains of Evidence (General)
Authors:
Whitley, Glenda
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Observer, August 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.dallasobserver.com/2007-08-02/news/chains-of-evidence/
August 7, 2007
Editorial, DNA Testing; Safeguards for Expanding Maryland's DNA Database (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, August 7, 2007, at A12.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yr5e7g

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