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.

April 11, 2007
Regulating Crime Laboratories: The Impact of DNA Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Giannelli, Paul C.
Citation (Journal Articles):
15 J.L. and Pol'y 59 (2007).
April 10, 2007
D.A.s can be sued over jailhouse informants, court finds (Jailhouse Informants)
Authors:
Weinstein, Henry
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, March 29, 2007.
April 10, 2007
Pennsylvania panel to study wrongful convictions (General)
Authors:
Banks, Gabrielle
Citation (Popular Media):
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 31, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07090/774016-85.stm
April 10, 2007
Florida Supreme Court finalizes DNA rules, rejects defenders' objection (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
HeraldTribune.com, March 30, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070330/BREAKING/70330006&start=1
April 9, 2007
Texas men's innocence puts a county on trial (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Bustillo, Miguel
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Times, April 9, 2007.
April 9, 2007
DNA to Exonerate Man for 1982 Gang Rape (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 9, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-DNA-Exoneration.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
April 3, 2007
Buffalo: Man Jailed for 21 Years Is Freed (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Staba, David
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, April 3, 2007, at B04.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/03/nyregion/03mbrfs-prisoner.html
March 29, 2007
Located in Hospital, DNA Clears Buffalo Man Convicted in '80s Rapes (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Staba, David
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, March 29, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/29/nyregion/29bike.html
March 28, 2007
Former Death-Row Inmate Would Get $1.9 Million (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Glod, Maria
Citation (Popular Media):
Wash. Post, March 28, 2007, at B02.
March 26, 2007
Conviction of Innocent Persons in Massachusetts: An Overview (General)
Authors:
Fisher, Stanley Z.
Citation (Journal Articles):
12 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 1 (2002)

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