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West Memphis Three Seek a New Trial
Posted: September 28, 2010 4:50 pm
Arkansas passed a law in 2001 granting post-conviction access to DNA testing for people who claimed innocence. Post-conviction DNA testing on crime scene evidence in the West Memphis Three case did not match the defendants. But Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to limit defendants to evidence that was presented during their first trial.
"Such a request for relief from a criminal judgment without a claim of error in the underlying proceedings," the attorney general wrote in a circuit court brief, "is a request for clemency, vested in the Governor... The General Assembly cannot delegate this power to the courts without infringing on the governor's powers."
Echols’ attorney Dennis Riordan says the Attorney General is “proposing the demise of the DNA statute.”
"What they say is if you think about it, DNA alone can never ever prove somebody innocent. They say that doesn't prove someone's innocence because maybe he was standing next to the guy that actually did it and maybe he's an accomplice. So, all DNA testing can prove is that it wasn't your DNA, it doesn't mean you weren't in on the crime. So alone it can never be enough."
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Watch a trailer of “Paradise Lost” – a documentary film about the case – below.
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West Memphis Three Get New Hearing
Posted: November 4, 2010 6:11 pm
The justices also recommended new hearings for Misskelley and Baldwin and said a lower court must examine claims of misconduct by the jurors who may have considered Misskelley’s confession despite it not being introduced at Echols’ trial.
Since the circuit judge was elected this week to the state Senate, the new hearings will be heard by a different judge.
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Paradise Lost, Oscar Contender
Posted: February 24, 2012 12:00 pm
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Damien Echols and Johnny Depp to Read at New York City Bookstore
Posted: September 19, 2012 5:25 pm
Damien Echols will read from his new memoir, Life After Death, at the Union Square Barnes and Noble on Sept. 21 and sign books afterwards. Echols is known as one of the “West Memphis Three” — three young men wrongfully convicted of the murder of three boys in Arkansas. The men were all released through an Alford Plea in August 2011. Echols had spent nearly 18 years on death row and his two co-defendants, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. had been serving life sentences.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
“If I start to believe that the things I wrote cannot stand on their own merit, then I will lay down my pen. I’m often plagued by thoughts that people will only think of me as either someone on death row or someone who used to be on death row. I grow dissatisfied when I think of people reading my words out of a morbid sense of curiosity. I want people to read what I write because it means something to them – either it makes them laugh, or remember things they’ve forgotten and that once meant something to them, or that it simply touches them in some way. I don’t want to be an oddity, a freak, or a curiosity. I don’t want to be the car wreck that people slow down to gawk at. . . . I want to create something of lasting beauty, not a freak show exhibit.”
There have been several compelling documentaries about their case including the HBO trilogy Paradise Lost and Amy Berg’s West of Memphis. Johnny Depp, a longtime champion of the West Memphis Three, will also speak at the reading.
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