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 2, 2007
Introduction to Symposium - Serenity Now or Insanity Later?: The Impact of Post-Conviction DNA Testing on the Criminal Justice System (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Leahy, Senator Patrick
Citation (Journal Articles):
35 New Eng. L. Rev. 605 (2001).
July 2, 2007
Neither Equal Nor Just: The Rationing and Denial of Legal Services to the Poor When Life and Liberty Are At Stake (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Bright, Stephen B.
Citation (Journal Articles):
1997 Ann. Surv. Am. L. 783 (1997).
July 2, 2007
The Hurricane Meets the Paper Chase: Innocence Projects New Emerging Role in Clinical Legal Education (General)
Authors:
Stiglitz, Jan, Brooks, Justin, and Shulman, Tara
Citation (Journal Articles):
38 Cal. W.L. Rev. 413 (2002).
July 2, 2007
New Laws Reflect the Power and Potential of DNA (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Findley, Keith A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
75 Wis. Lawyer 20 (2002).
July 2, 2007
Freeing the Innocent (General)
Authors:
Scheck, Barry, Neufeld, Peter, and Dwyer, Jim
Citation (Popular Media):
Champion, March, 2000, at 18.
June 29, 2007
Comment, Modern Day Chateau D'If in Florida? Collecting Dust on the Shelves of Justice: Potentially Exculpatory DNA Evidence Waits for a Turn in the Florida Sunshine (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Buchholz, Donna
Citation (Journal Articles):
30 Stetson L. Rev. 391 (2000).
June 29, 2007
Let the Cameras Roll: Mandatory Videotaping of Interrogations Is the Solution to Illinois' Problem of False Confessions (False Confessions)
Authors:
Drizin, Steven A. and Colgan, Beth A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
32 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 391 (2000).
June 29, 2007
The Prosecutor's Ethical Duty to Seek Exculpatory Evidence in Police Hands: Lessons From England (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Fisher, Stanley Z.
Citation (Journal Articles):
68 Fordham L. Rev. 1379 (2000).
June 29, 2007
Exoneration and Wrongful Condemnations: Expanding the Zone of Perceived Injustice in Death Penalty Cases (General)
Authors:
Haney, Craig
Citation (Journal Articles):
37 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 131 (2006).
June 29, 2007
Note, A Defendant's Right to Exculpatory Evidence: Does the Constitutional Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence Extend to New Evidence Discovered Post-Conviction? (General)
Authors:
Jaworsky, Todd A.
Citation (Journal Articles):
15 St. Thomas L. Rev. 245 (2002).

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