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Monday, August 22, 2011

West Memphis 3: Q&A set Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Questions you'd like to ask about the unexpected and dramatic developments last week in the West Memphis Three case?

You're in luck.

The Arkansas Times, in partnership with the Clinton School for Public Service, is sponsoring a discussion on the case at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Conventon Center.

The event was moved from the original location at the Clinton School because of high response.

Participants:

* Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington of Jonesboro, who agreed to the plea bargain that resulted in release of the three defendants in the case after almost 18 years in prison.

* Arkansas Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt, who's made a vocational life's work of writing about the case and whose book, "Devil's Knot," is soon to be adapted for a movie.

* Capi Peck, the Little Rock restaurateur who led Arkansas Take Action, a group that mobilized support for the Three's release and is working now on a pardon campaign.

* Pat Benca, the Little Rock lawyer for Damien Echols.

* Jeff Rosenzweig, the Little Rock lawyer for Jessie Misskelley Jr.

* Blake Hendrix, Little Rock lawyer for Jason Baldwin.

We also invited Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who represented the state in the appeals and whose discussion with Benca reportedly propelled the final outcome. His staff said he couldn't attend because he had a previous engagement that day in Heber Springs.

To help the Clinton School make arrangements, please send an RSVP, either by email to publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or 501-683-5239.

Note: We hope to have a supply of "Devil's Knot" on hand for people who'd like to buy the book and have Mara sign it.

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