McDaniel ripped on West Memphis 3 work | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

McDaniel ripped on West Memphis 3 work

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

A group working to overturn the convictions of the West Memphis 3 is ripping Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for his blind defense of the shoddy prosecution and convictions (on, it should be noted, McDaniel's home political turf in Northeast Arkansas.)

Where McDaniel sees no ground to overturn the Circuit Court verdicts, the group sees many. For one: The only DNA evidence tied to the crime belongs to someone other than the convicts. For another: the problem-plagued "confession" of one of the defendants, whose IQ is around 70. For another:

Is it reasonable to expect impartiality from a man whose father’s law firm was intimately involved in this case? Phillip Wells of McDaniel & Wells was appointed ‘court liaison’ by Judge Burnett. Within days of the appointment, the law firm unethically issued press statements claiming that there was a new witness who would bolster the prosecution’s case. Of course, the witness never appeared. Shockingly, McDaniel Wells was also involved in the prosecution’s failed attempt to convince Jessie Misskelley to testify against Damien and Jason. Jessie refused to do so because he knew they were innocent.  A matter of little concern to the McDaniels.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • Judge objects to trainer's references to Black Lives Matter

    Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has written a letter to the Administrative Office of the Courts objecting to what his staff said were derogatory references to Black Lives Matter by the leader of a session on court security.
  • Tom Cotton to CIA?

    Speculation that another Donald Trump cabinet shakeup could send Sen. Tom Cotton to head the CIA continues, here in Axios.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation