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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May 1, 2007
DA gets DNA review team (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Krause, Kevin
Citation (Popular Media):
DallasNews.com, April 25, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/042507dnmetDNA.4512ce6.html
May 1, 2007
Justice and science: trials and triumphs of DNA evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Clarke, George
Citation (Books):
Rutgers Univ. Press, 2007.
May 1, 2007
DNA that cleared one man implicates another in '81 rape (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Possley, Maurice
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., April 23, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070423exonerate,1,5190027.story?coll=chi-news-hed
May 1, 2007
Perjury fears throw cases into turmoil (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
McMenamin, Jennifer
Citation (Popular Media):
baltimoresun.com, April 22, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.kopera22apr22,0,4918751.story?page=1&coll=bal-local-headlines
April 28, 2007
City reaches $8 million settlement for 1986 wrongful conviction (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., April 11, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/illinois/chi-ap-il-roscettikilling-s,1,435100.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
April 28, 2007
$8 million deal is in pipeline; 2 more freed inmates ready to settle in 1986 murder case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Ciokajlo, Mickey
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., April 11, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0704100616apr11,1,1214065.story?ctrack=3&cset=true
April 28, 2007
Dead wrong: violence, vengeance, and the victims of capital punishment (General)
Authors:
Stack, Richard A.
Citation (Books):
Praeger, 2006.
April 26, 2007
Commentary, The 'Innocence' Myth (General)
Authors:
Hoffman, Morris B.
Citation (Popular Media):
Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2007, at A19.
Original URL:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117755557361383042.html?mod=djemITP
April 26, 2007
Partial to Crime; Families Become Suspects as Rules on DNA Matches Relax (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lehrman, Sally
Citation (Popular Media):
Scientific American, December 2006, at 8.
April 25, 2007
West Virginia - S.B.82 (2007) (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Legislation):
Approved by Governor, April 3, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_history.cfm?year=2007&sessiontype=RS

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