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 12, 2015
Adnan Syed Granted Appeal Marking Huge Break in 'Serial' Case (Ineffective Representation)
Authors:
Michele Zipp
Citation (Popular Media):
The Stir, February 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://thestir.cafemom.com/crime/182431/adnan_syed_granted_appeal_marking
February 12, 2015
Bill to Compensate Wrongly Convicted Felons Withdrawn (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
klur8.com, February 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.kulr8.com/story/28051039/bill-to-compensate-wrongly-convicted-felons-withdrawn
February 12, 2015
Indiana Mom Wrongly Convicted in Son's Death Says Evidence Was Fabricated, Sues US Govenment (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Reporter, February 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/405acb74cfce46fdbfc1479a2c89426e/IN--Arson-Death-Lawsuit
February 12, 2015
Convict Seeking to be Cleared in Deadly '87 Robbery Has Support From Ex-DA Wakins (General)
Authors:
Jennifer Emily
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Morning News, February 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20150208-man-convicted-in-1987-fatal-dallas-robbery-seeks-pardon.ece
February 5, 2015
Re-Trial Starting for Man Convicted in '82 Murder (General)
Authors:
Perry Russom & Kelly Sullivan
Citation (Popular Media):
wpri.com, February 5, 2015
Original URL:
http://wpri.com/2015/02/05/re-trial-starting-for-man-convicted-in-82-murder/
February 4, 2015
Death Row Inmate Jermain Wright Released After 23 Years (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Inquisitr, February 2, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.inquisitr.com/1809103/death-row-inmate-jermaine-wright-released-after-23-years/
February 4, 2015
DNA Testing Frees Man 36 Years Later (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Kara LoRe
Citation (Popular Media):
The Stylus, February 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.thestylus.net/news/view.php/859495/DNA-testing-frees-man-36-years-later
February 4, 2015
Detroit City Council Will Consider $2.5 Million Settlement For Wrongful Conviction of Walter Swift (General)
Authors:
Ryan Felton
Citation (Popular Media):
Metrotimes.com, February 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2015/02/03/detroit-city-council-will-consider-25-million-settlement-for-wrongful-conviction-of-walter-swift
February 4, 2015
Free After 42 Years, Man Blames Tucson (General)
Authors:
Tim Hull
Citation (Popular Media):
Courthouse News Service
Original URL:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/02/04/free-after-42-years-man-blames-tucson.htm
February 4, 2015
Man Sues City After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned for 21 Years (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Selim Algar
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, February 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2015/02/03/man-sues-city-after-being-wrongfully-imprisoned-for-21-years/

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