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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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).
July 6, 2007
Devil in a White Coat: The Temptation of Forensic Evidence in the Age of CSI (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
DiFonzo, J. Herbie and Stern, Ruth C.
Citation (Journal Articles):
41 New Eng. L. Rev. 503 (2007).
July 3, 2007
Playing Down DNA Evidence Contributed to Wrongful Conviction, Review Finds (General)
Authors:
Santos, Fernanda
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, July 3, 2007, at B5.
July 3, 2007
Report on the Conviction of Jeffrey Deskovic (General)
Authors:
Snyder, Leslie Crocker, et al.
Citation (Reports):
June, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.westchesterda.net/Jeffrey%20Deskovic%20Comm%20Rpt.pdf
July 3, 2007
Note, All Eyes On Us: A Comparative Critique on the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission (General)
Authors:
Maiatico, Jerome M.
Citation (Journal Articles):
56 Duke L.J. 1345 (2007).
July 2, 2007
Note, Postconviction DNA Evidence: A 500 Pound Gorilla in State Courts (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Schaffter, Holly
Citation (Journal Articles):
50 Drake L. Rev. 695 (2002).
July 2, 2007
Don't Believe Everything You Read: A Review of Modern "Post-Conviction" DNA Testing Statutes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Swedlow, Kathy
Citation (Journal Articles):
38 Cal. W.L. Rev. 355 (2002).

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