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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June 30, 2014
DNA Drives Wrongful Conviction Play in North Chicago Murder (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Frank Abderholden
Citation (Popular Media):
Lake County News-Sun, June 11, 2014
Original URL:
http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/28013289-418/dna-drives-wrongful-conviction-play-in-north-chicago-murder.html
June 30, 2014
Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP Reports Wrongly Convicted Mom Sues to Reopen GM Defect Case (False Confessions)
Citation (Popular Media):
Market Watch, June 9, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hilliard-munoz-gonzales-llp-reports-wrongly-convicted-mom-sues-to-reopen-gm-defect-case-2014-06-09?reflink=MW_news_stmp
June 27, 2014
NYC Reaches $40M Settlement With Central Park Five (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Melanie Eversley
Citation (Popular Media):
USA Today, June 20, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/19/central-park-five-settlement/11031437/
June 27, 2014
Man Freed After Wrongful Conviction Says He Never Lost Faith (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
WWLTV.com, June 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Man-freed-after-wrongful-conviction-says-he-never-lost-faith-264644581.html
June 27, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Metairie Man Free After Spending 17 Years in Prison (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
WGNO.com web desk
Citation (Popular Media):
WGNO.com, June 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://wgno.com/2014/06/25/metairie-man-free-after-serving-17-years-in-prison-for-crime-he-didnt-commit/
June 27, 2014
$40M For Five Wrongly Convicted of Dixmoor Rape, Murder (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Steve Mills
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, June 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-06-25/news/chi-isp-agrees-to-pay-40m-to-five-wrongly-convicted-of-dixmoor-rape-murder-20140624_1_shainnie-sharp-dixmoor-robert-veal
June 27, 2014
Wrongful Imprisonment and Wrongful Conviction Cases Take Major Focus Across America's Court Rooms (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
PR Newswire
Citation (Popular Media):
Digital Journal, June 16, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1988471
June 27, 2014
New York Man Cleared of Murder to Sue City for $162 Million (General)
Authors:
Victoria Cavaliere
Citation (Popular Media):
Reuters, June 17, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/17/us-usa-new-york-conviction-idUSKBN0ES2MG20140617
June 23, 2014
An Innocent Man? Mark Weiner Case Sparks Legal Furor As Claims of a Wrongful Conviction Precede Sentencing (General)
Authors:
Lisa Provence
Citation (Popular Media):
C-Ville, June 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.c-ville.com/an-innocent-man-mark-weiner-case-sparks-legal-furor-as-claims-of-a-wrongful-conviction-precede-sentencing/
June 23, 2014
Wrongly Convicted: Man Who Served 25 Years Sues NYC for $162 mn (Eyewitness ID)
Citation (Popular Media):
rt.com, June 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://rt.com/usa/166668-man-cleared-newyork-murder/

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