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Monday, October 12, 2009

WM3 UPDATE

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 6:15 AM

The New York Times checks in on the West Memphis Three case today. It detects a tide beginning to turn in defendants' favor. (That wouldn't include the prosecutor, attorney general and other members of the prosecutorial posse that had a Salem-style witch burning in the case.)

For years, outsiders have raised questions about the guilt of the three misfit teenagers, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were convicted of the murders. But more recently, a steady dribble of new evidence has begun to seep into the consciousness of West Memphis, eroding the once nearly unanimous belief that those outsiders — including rock stars, HBO filmmakers and the creators of “South Park” — did not know what they were talking about.

UPDATE: The group working to free the three men convicted in the case announced today new evidence that casts doubt on earlier testimony in the case. Getting it considered by a judge is another matter. The affidavit discredits testimony given by the stepfather of one of the boys killed.


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