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.

June 28, 2007
A Murder Appeal With A Twist: No DNA (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Baldas, Tresa
Citation (Popular Media):
National Law Journal, June 11, 2007, at 4.
June 28, 2007
Student Article, In the Interest of Justice: Granting Post-Conviction DNA Testing to Inmates (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Boemer, Jennifer
Citation (Journal Articles):
27 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1971 (2001).
June 27, 2007
Arizona - HB2787 (2007) (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Legislation):
Pending to Signed 6/25/07
Original URL:
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/48leg/1r/bills/hb2787s.pdf
June 27, 2007
Utah - Exoneration and Innocence Assistance (HB 154) (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Legislation):
Pending.
Original URL:
http://le.utah.gov/~2007/htmdoc/hbillhtm/hb0154.htm
June 27, 2007
Review of DePriest Homicide Investigation (False Confessions)
Authors:
Nancy DePriest Homicide Review Team
Citation (Legislation):
January 29, 2001.
June 27, 2007
Miranda Is Not Enough: A New Justification for Demanding "Strong Corroboration" to a Confession (False Confessions)
Authors:
Sangero, Dr. Boaz
Citation (Journal Articles):
28 Cardozo L. Rev. 2791 (2007).
June 26, 2007
Goal of Innocence Commission to Prevent Unlawful Imprisonment (General)
Authors:
Gershman, Bennett L.
Citation (Popular Media):
Lower Hudson Online, June 10, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nyjournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070610/OPINION/706100325/1151
June 26, 2007
Trying to Give Police the Right Answer, Even When It's Wrong (False Confessions)
Authors:
Dwyer, Jim
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, June 13, 2007.
June 26, 2007
Hundreds More Cases in Doubt At HPD Lab (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Khanna, Roma and McVicker, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., June 14, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4888577.html
June 26, 2007
Editorial, Finishing Touches (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., June 13, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/4888058.html

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