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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August 28, 2015
Lawyer Asks Appeals Court to Test DNA in 2001 Rape Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Joe Gorman
Citation (Popular Media):
Vindy.com, August 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/aug/20/convicted-rapist-seeks-dna-tests-in--cas/
August 28, 2015
Connecticut Man Files Suit Claiming a Wrongful Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Edmund H. Mahony
Citation (Popular Media):
Hartford Courant, August 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-wrongful-imprisonment-suit-0821-20150820-story.html
August 28, 2015
"Grid Kid Slayer" to Get Hearing on if Murder Trial Was Fair (General)
Authors:
Christina Carrega-Woodby
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, August 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/grid-kid-slayer-hearing-murder-trial-fair-article-1.2331982
August 28, 2015
Susan Hawk Names New Chief of Unit That Investigates Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Julie Fancher
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallasnews.com Crime Blog, August 19, 2015
Original URL:
http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/susan-hawk-names-new-chief-of-unit-that-investigates-wrongful-convictions.html/
August 28, 2015
Opinion: Oklahoma Should Not Execute Richard Glossip (General)
Authors:
Susan Sarandon
Citation (Popular Media):
Msnbc.com, August 18, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/susan-sarandon-oklahoma-should-not-execute-richard-glossip
August 24, 2015
Bill Would Compensate Wrongfully Convicted (General)
Authors:
Beth LeBlanc
Citation (Popular Media):
TheTimesHerald.com, August 18, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/08/18/bill-compensate-wrongfully-convicted/31932743/
August 24, 2015
Michelle Byron [sic] Wrongly Spent 15 Years on Death Row (General)
Authors:
Carly Stern
Citation (Popular Media):
DailyMail.com, August 17, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3201301/Woman-spent-15-YEARS-death-row-wrongly-convicted-killing-abusive-husband-speaks-horror-ordeal-slams-judge-sentenced-her.html
August 24, 2015
Editorial: Taking Another Bite Out of Junk Science in Texas Criminal Justice System (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Editorial Board
Citation (Popular Media):
Dallas Morning News, August 17, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20150817-editorial-taking-another-bite-out-of-junk-science-in-the-texas-criminal-justice-system.ece
August 24, 2015
Local Cases Overlooked in Hair Evidence Review (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Samuel Black
Citation (Popular Media):
Aljazeera.com, August 17, 2015
Original URL:
http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/fault-lines/articles/2015/8/17/local-cases-overlooked-in-national-review-of-flawed-hair-evidence.html
August 24, 2015
Time to Free -- Who Else? -- Barry Beach (General)
Authors:
Bob Brown & Jim Elliott
Citation (Popular Media):
Great Falls Tribune, August 16, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/opinion/guest-opinions/2015/08/16/time-free-else-barry-beach/31828829/

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