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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April 24, 2007
Man is Cleared of Rape Charges After Serving 25 Years (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 24, 2007, at A20.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/24/us/24dna.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
April 24, 2007
DNA exonerations reach 200, and nearly 2 decades of questions (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Tanner, Robert
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., April 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2gml96
April 24, 2007
Senate endorses innocence panel (General)
Authors:
Stutz, Terrence
Citation (Popular Media):
DallasNews.com, April 24, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2tlwyn
April 24, 2007
Texas - S.B. 263 (2007) (General)
Citation (Legislation):
Senate passed to engrossment as amended, April 23, 2007; pending.
Original URL:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=SB263
April 24, 2007
Texas- H.B. 3996 (2007) (General)
Citation (Legislation):
Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence, March 30, 2007; pending.
Original URL:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=HB3996
April 24, 2007
Texas - S.B. 262 (2007) (General)
Citation (Legislation):
Senate reported engrossed, April 19, 2007; passed to House; pending.
Original URL:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=SB262
April 24, 2007
Judge: Blair shouldn't get new trial; Defense puts hope in new DNA evidence from Plano crime (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Housewright, Ed
Citation (Popular Media):
DallasNews.com, April 19, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2xmwjy
April 24, 2007
Op-Ed, At least Dallas County gives 2nd chances (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Falkenberg, Lisa
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., April 17, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4720556.html
April 24, 2007
DNA Clears 200th Wrongfully Convicted (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-DNA-Exonerations-200.html
April 23, 2007
DNA chief fired over crime lab problems; State police had said he mishandled results (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Saltzman, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, April 14, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/04/14/dna_chief_fired_over_crime_lab_problems/?page=full

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