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.

Please Note: We do not provide legal assistance; this is an information service only. If you have any questions or comments about this service, please contact Stephen Wolfson, reference librarian, at swolfson@law.utexas.edu.

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.

Article titles link to images of each article's first page, when available. The Library provides this service under the "fair use" provision of U.S. copyright law. Only the first page of an article will be scanned, and images will be deleted after two weeks. This service is for non-commercial, educational purposes only.

January 4, 2008
DA Loses: Judge Declares Convict Factually Innocent (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Griffy, Leslie
Citation (Popular Media):
San Jose Mercury News, December 20, 2007.
January 4, 2008
At Oakland P.D., Taping Not A Given (False Confessions)
Authors:
Fricker, Mary
Citation (Popular Media):
San Jose Mercury News, December 18, 2007.
January 4, 2008
Opinion, Sharper Eyewitnessing (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Downey, Maureen
Citation (Popular Media):
Atlanta Journal Constitution, December 21, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2007/12/20/eyed_1221.html
January 4, 2008
Latest DNA Exoneree Another Case of Mistaken Identity (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Springston, Jonathan
Citation (Popular Media):
Atlanta Progressive News, December 15, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0267.html
January 4, 2008
In Fox Case, DNA Is the Star Witness (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Dardick, Hal
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., December 16, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-fox_bd_16dec16,1,2934358,full.story
January 4, 2008
Fox Gets $15.5 Million (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Dardick, Hal
Citation (Popular Media):
Chi. Trib., December 21, 2007.
January 4, 2008
Opinion, Baffled By the Course of Justice (General)
Authors:
Kane, Gregory
Citation (Popular Media):
Baltimore Sun, December 19, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.kane19dec19,0,2298271.column
January 4, 2008
Court Voids Conviction In 1988 Murders (General)
Authors:
Lambert, Bruce and Chan, Sewell
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Times, December 21, 2007.
January 4, 2008
Tight Limits Mean Most Convicts Can't Get DNA Test (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Bischoff, Laura A. and Beyerlein, Tom
Citation (Popular Media):
The Western Star, December 16, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.western-star.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2007/12/15/ddn121607dnaseg.html
January 4, 2008
Evidence Preservation A Key Piece to Exoneration Puzzle (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Bischoff, Laura A. and Beyerlein, Tom
Citation (Popular Media):
The Western Star, December 16, 2007.
Original URL:
http://www.western-star.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2007/12/15/ddn121607dnamain.html

Pages