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 10, 2015
Judge Says Man Can Amend Lawsuit for Wrongful Conviction (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
ktvn.com, June 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.ktvn.com/story/29276129/judge-says-man-can-amend-lawsuit-for-wrongful-conviction
June 10, 2015
An Innocent Man on Death Row in Arizona - First of a Series (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Doug McMurdo
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Miner, June 7, 2015
Original URL:
http://kdminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=66222
June 10, 2015
Prosecutor Disputes Innocence Claims of Death Row Inmate (General)
Authors:
Jay Reeves
Citation (Popular Media):
abcnews.go.com, June 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/prosecutor-disputes-innocence-claims-death-row-inmate-31619814
June 10, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Shabaka Shakur Freed From Prison After 27 Years (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Andy Mai
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily News, June 8, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/wrongly-convicted-brooklyn-man-freed-27-years-article-1.2250673
June 5, 2015
Pardons for Brothers Bring Tears of Joy, New Outlook (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Woolverton and Paige Rentz
Citation (Popular Media):
fayobserver.com, June 4, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/wrongly-convicted-fayetteville-brothers-pardoned-in-murder-case/article_af5c5828-24dc-5500-8cfc-5196d43f499d.html
June 5, 2015
Man Granted New Trail For 1993 Murder of Boston Detective Free On Bail (General)
Authors:
Delores Handy
Citation (Popular Media):
wbur.org, June 3, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wbur.org/2015/06/03/sean-ellis-murder-free-on-bail
June 1, 2015
Judge: Death Row Inmate Got 'Raw Deal' in Murder Trial (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jay Reeves
Citation (Popular Media):
Montogmery Advertiser, May 30, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/05/30/ala-judge-death-row-inmate-got-raw-deal-in-murder-trial/28229995/
May 28, 2015
False Conviction Bill Passes Texas Senate (General)
Authors:
Anna M. Tinsley
Citation (Popular Media):
Star Telegram, May 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article22397628.html
May 28, 2015
Texas Tackles Old Convictions, New Science (General)
Authors:
Maurice Chammah
Citation (Popular Media):
Texas Tribune, May 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.texastribune.org/2015/05/28/texas-tackles-old-convictions-new-science/
May 28, 2015
Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder In Lake County to be Released Today (General)
Authors:
Lee Filas
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Herald, May 28, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150528/news/150528747/

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