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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April 20, 2015
Report Shows Hundreds Were Wrongly Convicted After FBI Used Flawed Technology (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
9and10news.com, April 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.9and10news.com/story/28844912/report-shows-hundreds-were-wrongly-convicted-after-fbi-used-flawed-technology
April 20, 2015
State to Pay Thousands to Wrongfully Convicted (General)
Authors:
Jack Elliot Jr.
Citation (Popular Media):
Clarion-Ledger, April 19, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/04/19/state-pay-thousands-wrongfully-convicted/26040949/
April 20, 2015
Los Angeles to Pay $8M to Man Wrongly Convicted of Murdere (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
MSN.com, April 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/los-angeles-to-pay-dollar8m-to-man-wrongly-convicted-of-murder/ar-AAaV1fa
April 20, 2015
Brothers Who Spent Combined 66 Years on Death Rob get $1.6million Payout for Wrongful Conviction (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
Weekly Challenger, April 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://theweeklychallenger.com/brothers-who-spent-combined-66-years-on-death-row-get-1-6million-payout-for-wrongful-conviction/
April 20, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Man Sues City of Greensboro (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Robert Lopez
Citation (Popular Media):
News & Record, April 20, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/wrongly-convicted-man-sues-city/article_8832dfb0-e0c0-11e4-956d-d7078820fa69.html
April 16, 2015
This Man Deserves a Pardon (General)
Authors:
Dahlia Lithwick
Citation (Popular Media):
Slate, April 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/04/michael_mcalister_wrongful_conviction_will_gov_mcauliffe_exonerate_an_innocent.html
April 16, 2015
Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder Gets $8.3M From City of L.A. (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
John Schreiber
Citation (Popular Media):
mynewsla.com, April 13, 2015
Original URL:
http://mynewsla.com/government/2015/04/13/man-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-gets-8-3m-from-city-of-l-a/
April 16, 2015
Man Convicted in 1991 Murder of Off-Duty Corrections Officer Released After Judge Finds He Got Unfair Trial (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Marc Santia
Citation (Popular Media):
Nbcnewyork.com, April 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Rosean-Hargrave-Released-Murder-Conviction-Unfair-Trial-Lou-Scarcella-299743721.html
April 16, 2015
One Detective's History of Providing False Evidence Gives Grounds for Brooklyn Defendant's New Trial (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Charisma L. Toriano
Citation (Popular Media):
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Original URL:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/4/16/one-detective%E2%80%99s-history-providing-false-evidence-gives-grounds-brooklyn-defendant
April 16, 2015
Brooklyn Prisoner Freed 23 Years After Murder Conviction; Judge Slams Bad Detective Work (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Elahe Izadi
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, April 15, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/15/brooklyn-man-freed-after-23-years-in-prison-bad-detective-work-led-to-murder-conviction-judge-rules/

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