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 5, 2014
Man Convicted in Double Homicide May Get New Trial (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
13wham.com, June 3, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/man-convicted-double-homicide-may-get-new-trial-12525.shtml
June 5, 2014
Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder Suing City of Newport News, Police Officers (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Nick Ochsner
Citation (Popular Media):
wvec.com, May 30, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.wvec.com/news/Wrongful-conviction-261291701.html
May 23, 2014
Appellate Judges: State's Argument Against Dan Gristwood's Innocence 'Doesn't Make Sense' (General)
Authors:
John O'Brien
Citation (Popular Media):
Syracuse.com, May 21, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/appeals_court_states_argument_against_dan_gristwoods_innocence_doesnt_make_sense.html
May 23, 2014
Texas Sees Rise in Overturned Sexual Abuse Convictions from DNA Testing (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
Digital Journal, May 22, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1937002
May 23, 2014
LI Man Plans Foundation for Wrongfully Convicted (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Westfield Republican, May 22, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.westfieldrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/508904/LI-man-plans-foundation-for-wrongfully-convicted.html?isap=1&nav=5071
May 23, 2014
Courts Refuse Compensation For Wrongly Convicted Brockton Man (General)
Authors:
Dafney Tales
Citation (Popular Media):
The Enterprise, May 23, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20140523/NEWS/140528063/12145/NEWS
May 9, 2014
Sheriff, Police Reopen Murder Case That Saw 'Dixmoor 5' Wrongly Convicted (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Art Golab
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Sun-Times, May 7, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/27294509-418/sheriff-police-reopen-murder-case-that-saw-dixmoor-5-wrongly-convicted.html
May 9, 2014
Brooklyn DA Seeks to Vacate Three Half Siblings Murder Convictions Tied to Former, Disgraced Detective, Louis Scarcella, Notes Parker Waichman LLP (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
Digital Journal, May 8, 2014
Original URL:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1905930
May 9, 2014
Wrongfully Convicted Father Accused of Sexually Assaulting Kids Spends 20 Years Behind Bars (General)
Authors:
Roy Jones
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS Sacramento, May 6, 2014
Original URL:
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/05/06/wrongfully-convicted-father-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-kids-spends-20-years-behind-bars/
May 6, 2014
Man Wrongfully Convicted of Killing Children Closer to Justice (General)
Authors:
Mike Vasilinda
Citation (Popular Media):
News4jax.com
Original URL:
http://www.news4jax.com/news/man-wrongfully-convicted-of-killing-children-closer-to-justice/25761200

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