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.

May 21, 2007
Omnibus crime bill on the move (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Sutton, Anne
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston.com, May 13, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/3a5kxs
May 21, 2007
OpEd, More Resources Needed for DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Maw, Emily and Hall, Heather H.
Citation (Popular Media):
ShreveportTimes.com, May 12, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2npyql
May 18, 2007
CSI in D.C.? No Way; Lack of Forensics Lab Hampers Crime-Solving in the District (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Schwartz, Emma
Citation (Popular Media):
Legal Times, May 7, 2007 at 1.
May 18, 2007
Challenging Unjust Convictions Under Section 1983 (General)
Authors:
Friedman, Leon
Citation (Journal Articles):
23 Touro L. Rev. 27 (2007).
May 17, 2007
Opinion, Wrongly Convicted Man Gets Second Dose of Injustice (General)
Authors:
Wickham, DeWayne
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, May 8, 2007.
Original URL:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/05/wrongly_convict.html
May 17, 2007
Laws Proposed on Use of DNA to Help Prove Innocence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Cooper, Michael
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, May 4, 2007, at B4.
May 17, 2007
Legal Affairs: Death and Innocence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Sangillo, Gregg
Citation (Popular Media):
National Journal, April 28, 2007, at 36.
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

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