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.

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.

July 31, 2007
Ex-D.A. Apologizes to Duke Players (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Zucchino, David
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, July 27, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/25oc2p
July 31, 2007
Illinois SB 1023 (2007) (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Legislation):
Passed both Houses, July 26, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yrjtqw
July 31, 2007
Illinois SJR 0009 (2007) (General)
Citation (Legislation):
Adopted both Houses, July 26, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/yqavmc
July 31, 2007
Trashing the Truth (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Denver Post, July, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.denverpost.com/evidence
July 31, 2007
The Science of DNA Identification: From the Laboratory to the Courtroom (and Beyond) (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kaye, David H.
Citation (Journal Articles):
8 Minn. J. L. Sci. and Tech. 409 (2007).
July 30, 2007
Comment, Advancing the Argument in Favor of State Compensation for the Erroneously Convicted and Wrongfully Incarcerated (General)
Authors:
Boucher, Lauren C.
Citation (Journal Articles):
56 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1069 (2007).
July 30, 2007
Note, Daubert's Bipolar Treatment of Scientific Expert Testimony - From Frye's Polygraph to Farwell's Brain Fingerprinting (General)
Authors:
Erickson, Megan J.
Citation (Journal Articles):
55 Drake L. Rev. 763 (2007).
July 30, 2007
Study of Wrongful Convictions Raises Questions Beyond DNA (General)
Authors:
Liptak, Adam
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, July 23, 2007, at A1.
July 30, 2007
Backlog of DNA May Aid Cases; State Officials Will Review Old Crimes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Saltzman, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, July 17, 2007.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2gfxjz
July 20, 2007
Editorial, Justice Delayed; Overburdened Crime Labs Are Undermining Law Enforcement (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, July 20, 2007, at A18.
Original URL:
http://tinyurl.com/ytauvl

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