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 21, 2007
State Must Look Harder for Evidence, Maryland Court of Appeals Says (General)
Authors:
Farmer, Liz
Citation (Popular Media):
The Baltimore Daily Record, August 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4183/is_20070802/ai_n19440438
August 21, 2007
Report Brings Questions About Assistant D.A. (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Wilson, Patrick
Citation (Popular Media):
Winston-Salem Journal, August 16, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ytr9vl
August 21, 2007
Freedom In Sight, 23 Years After Unjust Conviction (False Confessions)
Authors:
McDonald, Melody
Citation (Popular Media):
Star-Telegram, August 11, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.star-telegram.com/629/story/198472.html
August 21, 2007
Lawsuit Filed Over Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Baker, Max B.
Citation (Popular Media):
Star-Telegram, August 17, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.star-telegram.com/dallas_news/story/204718.html
August 21, 2007
DNA Evidence Overturns Yakima Man's Rape Conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Martin, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Seattle Times, August 15, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/3c2b2o
August 21, 2007
California - S.B. 511 (2007) (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Legislation):
Enrolled, September 6, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_0501-0550/sb_511_bill_20070907_enrolled.pdf
August 21, 2007
California - S.B. 756 (2007) (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Legislation):
Enrolled, September 7, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_0751-0800/sb_756_bill_20070907_enrolled.pdf
August 21, 2007
California - S.B. 609 (2007) (Jailhouse Informants)
Citation (Legislation):
Enrolled, September 6, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_0601-0650/sb_609_bill_20070906_enrolled.pdf
August 21, 2007
Innocence Project Northwest (General)
Original URL:
http://www.law.washington.edu/ipnw/
August 17, 2007
On the Admissibility of Expert Testimony on Eyewitness Identification: A Legal and Scientific Evaluation (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Benton, Tanja Rapus, McDonnell, Stephanie A., Thomas, Judge Neil, Ross, David F., and Honerkamp, Nicholas
Citation (Journal Articles):
2 Tenn. J. L. and Pol'y 392 (2006).

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