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.

Please Note: We do not provide legal assistance; this is an information service only. If you have any questions or comments about this service, please contact Stephen Wolfson, reference librarian, at swolfson@law.utexas.edu.

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.

June 11, 2007
A Lie for A Lie: False Confessions and the Case for Reconsidering the Legality of Deceptive Interrogation Techniques (False Confessions)
Authors:
Gohara, Miriam S.
Citation (Popular Media):
33 Fordham Urb. L. J. 791 (2006).
June 11, 2007
A Promise of Justice (General)
Authors:
Protess, David and Warden, Rob
Citation (Books):
Hyperion, 1998.
June 7, 2007
From Database to Crime Scene: Network is Potent Police Weapon (General)
Authors:
Lueck, Thomas J.
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 7, 2007, at B1.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/07/nyregion/07real.html
June 5, 2007
Wrongful Convictions Ripple Through Court System (General)
Authors:
Webster, Richard A.
Citation (Popular Media):
New Orleans City Business, May 28, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com/viewStory.cfm?recID=19133
June 5, 2007
Exonerated by DNA, Guilty in Official's Eyes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Possley, Maurice
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., May 28, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yrhrjn
June 5, 2007
AG Claims Newspaper Misreported Bromgard Deposition (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Johnson, Clair
Citation (Popular Media):
Billings Gazette.com, May 30, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/05/30/news/state/30-depostion.txt
June 5, 2007
What Do States Owe the Exonerated? (General)
Authors:
Paulson, Amanda
Citation (Popular Media):
Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0530/p01s02-usju.html?page=1
June 5, 2007
Inmate Freed By DNA Can't Shake State's Grip (General)
Authors:
Burke, Sheila
Citation (Popular Media):
Tennessean.com, June 2, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070602/NEWS03/706020358
June 4, 2007
For Dallas, New Prosecutor Means An End to the Old Ways (General)
Authors:
Blumenthal, Ralph
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 3, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/us/03dallas.html
June 4, 2007
Op-Ed, Public Detectives (General)
Authors:
Christianson, Scott
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 3, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/opinion/03LIchristianson.html

Pages