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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January 30, 2014
Beatrice Wrongful Conviction Case Goes to the Jury (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Lori Pilger
Citation (Popular Media):
Journalstar.com, January 27, 2014
Original URL:
http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/beatrice-wrongful-conviction-case-goes-to-jury/article_de8ca6a3-66c8-5288-8be4-74857276ae43.html
January 30, 2014
Jury Resumes Deliberations in Lawsuit Filed For 6 Wrongly Convicted for 1985 Nebraska Murder (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Journal, January 28, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/86c4c7ad93bc4d9ab41cf08f7200faee/NE--Exonerated-Inmates-Lawsuit/
January 30, 2014
Wrongfully Convicted Nuu-chah-nulth Man Released From Prison (General)
Authors:
Wawmeesh G. Hamilton
Citation (Popular Media):
Alberni Valley News, January 27, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/242139671.html
January 27, 2014
Judge Gives Innocence Certificates to 3 Who Served Prison Time For Crimes They Didn't Commit (False Confessions)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
The Republic, January 23, 2014
Original URL:
https://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/node/6969#overlay=node/add/actual-innocence
January 27, 2014
Judge Rules Against Man Who Claims He Was Wrongly Convicted in 1992 Rape, Robbery (General)
Authors:
Helen Freund
Citation (Popular Media):
NOLA.com, January 24, 2014
Original URL:
https://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/node/6968#overlay=node/add/actual-innocence
January 27, 2014
Federal Grant Will Create Database of DNA (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Rhonda Cook
Citation (Popular Media):
AJC.com, January 26, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/federal-grant-will-create-database-of-dna/nc2XY/
January 27, 2014
Man Awarded $250,000 in 1968 Wrongful Conviction Case (General)
Authors:
Sarah Schulz
Citation (Popular Media):
Grand Island Independent, January 25, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/man-awarded-in-wrongful-conviction-case/article_d1dbfed6-8648-11e3-b2a5-001a4bcf887a.html
January 22, 2014
DNA Exoneration of Co-Defendant Discredits Conviction of Cleveland Wright in 1978 Killing (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Spencer S. Hsu
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, January 17, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dna-exoneration-of-co-defendant-lifts-murder-conviction-of-cleveland-wright-in-1978-killings/2014/01/17/b6b64b30-7fb7-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html
January 22, 2014
Hamill: Tony Yarbough's Brooklyn Murder Conviction Should Be Reversed (General)
Authors:
Denis Hamill
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Daily News, January 19, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/hamill-tony-yarbough-murder-conviction-overturned-article-1.1584393
January 22, 2014
Forum: The Wrongful Conviction of Gerald O'Donnel (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
David R. Cameron
Citation (Popular Media):
New Haven Register, January 18, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20140118/forum-the-wrongful-conviction-of-gerald-odonnell

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