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 21, 2016
Documentary Inspires Proposed Tennessee Law Change (False Confessions)
Authors:
Michelle Willard
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily News Journal, January 12, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.dnj.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/11/making-murderer-inspires-proposed-tennessee-law-change/78646510/
January 21, 2016
Judge Drops Malicious Prosecution from Debra Milke Lawsuit (General)
Authors:
Michael Kiefer
Citation (Popular Media):
Arizona Republic, January 12, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/01/11/ex-death-row-inmates-malicious-prosecution-claim-tossed/78648432/
January 21, 2016
Lawyer Behind Johnsburg Murder Appeal to Defend 'Making a Murderer' Subject (General)
Authors:
Katie Dahlstrom
Citation (Popular Media):
Northwest Herald, January 12, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.nwherald.com/2016/01/11/lawyer-behind-johnsburg-murder-appeal-to-defend-making-a-murderer-subject/aeiv0ss/
January 21, 2016
Reasonable Doubts: Reopening the Case of Darrell 'Diamond' Jones (General)
Authors:
Jenifer McKim
Citation (Popular Media):
www.wbur.org, January 11, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.wbur.org/2016/01/11/darrell-jones-investigation
January 21, 2016
Attorney Who Helped Free Floyd Bledsoe to Assist in 'Making a Murderer' Case (General)
Authors:
Karen Dillon
Citation (Popular Media):
Lawrence Journal-World, January 11, 2016
Original URL:
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/jan/11/attorney-who-helped-free-floyd-bledsoe-assist-netf/
January 21, 2016
NC Lawyer Who Fights for the Wrongfully Convicted Goes Before Disciplinary Panel (General)
Authors:
Anne Blythe
Citation (Popular Media):
News & Observer, January 11, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article54115055.html
January 21, 2016
Wrongfully Convicted in New Haven 1996 Slaying, 4 Seek $33M Award (General)
Authors:
Shahid Abdul-Karim
Citation (Popular Media):
New Haven Register, January 10, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160110/wrongfully-convicted-in-new-haven-1996-slaying-4-seek-33m-award
January 15, 2016
Requiring Police Interrogations to be Recorded May Have Prevented Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Karen Dillon
Citation (Popular Media):
Lawrence Journal-World, January 10, 2016
Original URL:
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/jan/10/requiring-police-interrogations-be-recorded-might-/
January 15, 2016
Effort to Vacate Man's Murder Verdict Focuses on Work by Detective in Case (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Eli Rosenberg
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Times, January 8, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/09/nyregion/man-seeking-to-vacate-murder-record-says-detective-mishandled-his-case.html
January 15, 2016
Steven Jameson Granted Post-Conviction Relief; 24-Year Prison Sentence Vacated (General)
Authors:
KJRH
Citation (Popular Media):
www.kjrh.com, January 8, 2016
Original URL:
http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/jameson-is-charged-on-three-manslaughter-charges-and-was-convicted-to-24-years-in-prison

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