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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February 7, 2007
Endless Scandal/Crime Lab Special Investigator Turns Up More Tainted Evidence While Questioning Motives of Analysts (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., May 16, 2006, at B8.
February 7, 2007
City to Pay $3.2 Million in Wrongful Convcition Suit (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Estes, Andrea
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, March 10, 2006, at B1.
February 7, 2007
Improperly Entered DNA Samples Unravel Crime Lab Employee's Career (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Graswich, R.E.
Citation (Popular Media):
Sacramento Bee, August 30, 2006, at B1.
February 7, 2007
Guaranteeing Justice / Review All Convictions Based on Tainted Houston Crime Lab Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., March 16, 2006, at B10.
February 7, 2007
Innocence Lost? Despite Its Increasing Importance, DNA Evidence Routinely Gets Destroyed Here (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kern, Lauren
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Press, November 30, 2000.
Original URL:
http://www.houstonpress.com/Issues/2000-11-30/news/news.html
February 7, 2007
HPD Makes Arrest in Iconic DNA Case / New Suspect's DNA Match in '98 Rape Further Clears Name of Wrongly Convicted Man (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Khanna, Roma and Glenn, Mike
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., June 22, 2006, at A1.
February 7, 2007
45 Crime Labs Will Get Legal Reviews / Faulty Evidence Needs Scrutiny, Project Innocence Co-Founder Says (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Khanna, Roma and McVicker, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
Hous. Chron., March 15, 2006, at B1.
February 7, 2007
Texas Man Executed on Disproved Forensics (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Mills, Steve and Possley, Maruice
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., December 9, 2004, at A-1.
February 7, 2007
$3.2 Million Award in Wrongful Jailing; Man Served 6 Years After Police Error (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Murphy, Shelley
Citation (Popular Media):
Boston Globe, October 14, 2004, at B1.
February 7, 2007
City to Pay $9 Million in Wrongful Conviction: Man Cleared of Rape After 11 Years in Prison; Crime Lab Probe Set (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Patterson, Steve
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Sun-Times, January 28, 2006, at 3.

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