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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July 23, 2015
Oklahoma Innocence Project Says Tulsa Man Wrongly Convicted in 2001 Murder (General)
Authors:
Russel Hulstine
Citation (Popular Media):
News9.com, July 1, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.news9.com/story/29452858/oklahoma-innocence-project-says-tulsa-man-wrongly-convicted-in-2001-murder
July 23, 2015
Man Sues District for $30 Million for Wrongful 1982 Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Keith L. Alexander and Wilborn Nobles III
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, June 29, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/man-sues-district-for-30-million-for-wrongful-1982-murder-conviction/2015/06/29/28a8e3ca-1ea3-11e5-84d5-eb37ee8eaa61_story.html
July 23, 2015
DA Creates Unit to Ferret Out Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Paige Austin
Citation (Popular Media):
Patch.com, June 29, 2015
Original URL:
http://patch.com/california/agourahills/da-creates-unit-ferret-out-wrongful-convictions
July 16, 2015
Buncombe County Pays For Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Hady Mawajdeh & Frank Stasio
Citation (Popular Media):
WUNC.org, July 9, 2015
Original URL:
http://wunc.org/post/buncombe-county-pays-wrongful-convictions
July 16, 2015
Wrongful-Conviction Suit Can't Be Tossed Because of Man's Death: Judge (General)
Authors:
Josh Saul
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Post, July 10, 2015
Original URL:
http://nypost.com/2015/07/10/wrongful-conviction-suit-cant-be-tossed-because-of-mans-death-judge/
July 16, 2015
R.I. Judge to Rule on Possible Wrongful Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Citation (Popular Media):
whdh.com, July 12, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.whdh.com/story/29530897/ri-judge-to-rule-on-possible-wrongful-conviction
July 16, 2015
Court Rulign Opens DNA Technology Advances to Old Cases (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Matt Volz
Citation (Popular Media):
ABC News. July 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/court-ruling-opens-dna-technology-advances-cases-32449899
July 16, 2015
N.J. Man Settles Wrongful Conviction Suit for $12.5M, Report Says (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Milo
Citation (Popular Media):
NJ.com, July 14, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/07/nj_man_wins_125m_wrongful_conviction_suit_against.html
June 29, 2015
Slate Cleared for Man Wrongly Convicted of Raping Girl (General)
Authors:
John Hogan
Citation (Popular Media):
wzzm13.com, June 25, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/2015/06/25/wrongful-conviction-set-aside/29295957/
June 29, 2015
Fund Set up for NYC Man Who Spent 27 Years in Prison on Wrongful Murder Conviction (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Christina Carrega-Woodby
Citation (Popular Media):
New York Daily News, June 26, 2015
Original URL:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/fund-set-nyc-man-freed-wrongful-conviction-article-1.2271481

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