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Re: “Race shapes up for Pulaski County clerk

Chris Burks is an attorney (as is Larry Crane, but not Chris Crane) and would do a great job. I also don't think there's anyone in the state who has done more to protect voting rights recently than Burks. Burks' legal background and experience gives him the ability to carry on the great work Larry Crane has done.

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Posted by DMitch on 09/27/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “West Memphis Three reward fund increased to $200,000

HolyGuano - Are you privy to evidence that has not been presented to the courts over the years? Please explain how you "know the real killers."

I've studied the case closely and there is not simply not sufficient evidence to prove the WM3's guilt. The State admitted this inevitable conclusion when it agreed to the Alford pleas. To receive a new trial, Echols needed to prove that no reasonable jury could find him guilty. NO reasonable jury. Even with this high burden, the State knew that their evidence was so flimsy and their case was so weak that Echols would sustain this burden and be granted a new trial. Ellington stated as much in press conference following the announcement of the Alford pleas.

Long story short - Could the WM3 be the killers? Sure. Could someone else be responsible? Absolutely. Unless something new turns up, we'll never know for sure who killed those three boys. And you can't kill a man and incarcerate two others for life when you aren't pretty damn sure of their guilt, i.e. you can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Posted by DMitch on 03/14/2012 at 10:06 AM

Re: “$100,000 reward in West Memphis 3 case

How does the evidence point to there being three attackers? I've studied the case pretty closely and haven't seen anything in that regard.

Also, hanging your hat on the Alford pleas as evidence of their guilt is absurd.

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Posted by DMitch on 02/28/2012 at 4:25 PM

Re: “West Memphis 3 judge: I did good

Unbelievable, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised at anything Burnett says at this point. As Max notes, his summary denial of Echols' Motion for a New Trial based on the new scientific evidence was reversed by the Supreme Court in an unanimous decision.

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Posted by DMitch on 02/10/2012 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Hendrix ready to play some football

I get lots of laughs every time there is a sports topic on this blog.

eLwood - "Football isn't free as any student helping pay for it at UA, UCA, or ASU can tell you."

Football will certainly not be a revenue producing sport at Hendrix, but this is a bad comparison. Students at the U of A, and probably also at UCA and ASU don't pay for the football team. At Arkansas this past year, football turned a profit of around $8 million if I'm not mistaken. Football not only didn't cost the students anything, but it made money for the school.

If they can field a team, let them play. I doubt the tennis, soccer, basketball, etc... teams at Hendrix make the school money. If $$ was the only concern, division III sports wouldn't exist. Students learn more at college than just in the classroom, and sports can be a valuable learning tool.

Posted by DMitch on 06/08/2011 at 10:17 AM

Re: “New hearings ordered in W. Memphis 3 case

Dustin McDaniel should be ashamed and embarrassed about how he and his office have handled the WM3 case. The positions he's taken and some of the comments he's made throughout the appeals have been nothing short of ridiculous.

Posted by DMitch on 11/04/2010 at 1:28 PM

Re: “West Memphis 3 on national stage

Well said IronyMan.

November - you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Just in the last few years, over 200 convicted persons have been exonerated because DNA evidence proved their innocence. Juries are not infallible. And if you and your boy Dustin McDaniel are so confident they are guilty, then lets have a trial and give the prosecutors a chance to prove it!

Posted by DMitch on 09/29/2010 at 12:07 PM

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