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Default West Memphis 3 Freed

It airs tonight and tomorrow at 10:00 PM ET.

"From the Varner Unit of the Arkansas prison system, Echols maintains his innocence 16 years after he and two other teens were convicted of murdering three Cub Scouts -- Michael Moore, Christopher Byers and Steven Branch. On May 6, 1993, police in the rural community of West Memphis, Arkansas, found their bodies bruised and mutilated, their arms and legs hogtied with their own shoelaces."

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Thanks mammas, I hope I can manage to view it over here
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Here is a link to ac360's site. Maybe they'll put a video up.

Here is a link to updated info on the case.
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Thanks mamma's. They did put a video up. The direct link to it is here
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Thanks so much Lisa! My thoughts are with the three as their hearing proceeds today.
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Todays coverage is here.

"LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court sharply questioned the state attorney general's office Thursday, asking what damage could be done if a judge examined evidence that allegedly exonerates an inmate sentenced to death for killing three Cub Scouts in 1993."
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"The DNA, including materials from the crime scene, instead matched three unidentified people, furthering supporters' claims that the so-called West Memphis Three are innocent, the advocates told Reuters.
There were no DNA matches for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr, who were convicted of the crime, said Capi Peck, a co-founder of Arkansas Take Action, a civic group working to free the trio."

Read the story here. These men are innocent yet Damien remains on death row.
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Again! What is really frustrating for me, is that most likely this will not change things generally.
Some days ago I watched the documentary "At the Death House Door" that tells the story of Carlos de Luna, who was executed in Texas - though it is almost certain he was innocent.
What about the cases in Sister Helen Prejean's book "The Death of Innocents"? And the numerous other cases by now, where we can be almost 100% sure, that innocent people have been and will be executed? How can this be known and still be happening? Are we just talking about "collateral damage"? Sorry, that gets me really upset. Even people in favour of the death penalty can not possibly accept this!

Good news for those three however is that the truth will come out - but nobody can ever give them their years back.
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BREAKING! There's a surprise hearing tomorrow for all three of them! http://wm3org.typepad.com/blog/2011/...orrow-wm3.html

(I can't post the link correctly since I'm on my phone, but this excited me so much I had to share!)
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I understand the excitement I'm gonna watch the news all day tomorrow. Let's pray that they will finally receive justice
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Default Two of the WM3 to be released

(Memphis 8/18/2011) WREG-TV has learned an agreement has been reached to release two of the West Memphis 3.

Multiple sources, including the father of one of the victims, have confirmed this will be announced at a special hearing Friday.

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OMG THIS IS SO GREAT!

I'm crying over here! I've only been following this for years!
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WAIT! huh??

"UPDATE: All three will admit guilt to the crime and two will be released with time served."
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They have left the dep. of corrections with all their belongings.
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/articl...to-be-released
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There have been several documentaries made about the case ... most of which suggest the men may not have committed the murders.

But now, according to WREG-TV, two of the men -- one of whom is reported to be Echols -- have apparently changed their tune in exchange for their release from prison ... though it's unclear when the men will be released.
Full story here. It will be interesting to see what the actual deal turns out to be. Very exciting and I truly hope all three will soon be free. They should be exonerated!!
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i just can't believe they're going to have to admit guilt to be freed. this is just coming across to me like "we need to make someone pay, but we can't pin it on you, but just do us a favor, say you did it and we'll let you out." there's got to be something more to this. you don't just let a guy off of death row for saying he did something, you know?

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i just can't believe they're going to have to admit guilt to be freed. this is just coming across to me like "we need to make someone pay, but we can't pin it on you, but just do us a favor, say you did it and we'll let you out." there's got to be something more to this. you don't just let a guy off of death row for saying he did something, you know?
Actually, it reads to me like, "we know you didn't do it, but we really don't want to pay a civil judgement for violating your civil rights, so if we get you to admit guilt to something in this case, we don't owe you a dime". In other words, they're giving up their right to sue in exchange for their freedom.
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This article states all three have pending deals. I'm feeling giddy over all this.
"A source close to the case said the pending deal involves the immediate release of defendants Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley in return for pleas to lesser charges. All three were convicted of capital murder in 1994. Echols was sentenced to death, while Baldwin and Misskelley are serving life terms
"This deal is going to make everybody happy," said a source who asked not to be identified because of a gag order barring parties to the case from discussing it."

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18 years these boys, now men, have been in prison. 18 years! The state of Arkansas should have admitted its error L---o---n---g, l-----o-----n-----g ago. I really think it sucks that they will not get to recover for the time they missed, the pain they experienced, the threats they experienced, the crap nutrition, crap opportunity, crap medical, crap everything the experienced at the hands of Arkansas. Yes, we all know as a result of Willingham and others, innocence is not a bar to execution, but I'm sorry; they deserve much better than a plea bargain for their lives. We, as a public, deserve more than a plea bargain for their lives; we deserve justice. Justice means Arkansas pays for its mistakes, these men recover for what they've been put through, can profit from their stories, and have the ability to live their lives as free, non felons. It means Arkansas admits its mistake, the case is reopened, and the real culprit(s) are brought to justice. At a minimum, that's what would seem right to me.

Listen, I'm very glad that they are getting out, and don't blame them one iota in taking such a deal - i believe a lifetime in prison is undue influence in any deal, but they need to take it, and get as far away from there as possible. I'm very happy that they won't have to spend another minute in an Arkansas supermax. I'm just still majorly disgusted with Arkansas. How can Arkansas promote the ideals of justice yet pretty much force these men to take a deal instead of pony up to their responsibility in this gross miscarriage of justice?
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What a bittersweet end to justice gone wrong...

News sources are now reporting ...
"A source close to the case said a deal is in the works where the men can be freed Friday and maintain their innocence.
The deal involves a complicated legal maneuver in which the three men would have to acknowledge that the state has evidence it could use to try and convict them." http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/19/...hild.killings/

Nothing about this has been right from the get go.

And, I think everything about it underscores the incredible importance "we" collective citizen voters need to think about when we elect individuals to represent us. In other words, next time your ballot includes the selection of your county's prosecuting attorney, do your homework. If your state includes a ballot vote for the state's Attorney General as Michigan does (in some states the Governor appoints), do some more homework. And if your state includes ballot choices for the nomination of a judge, always keep in mind you or a loved one could possibly be in front of this judge one day. (This was a lesson we hard-learned and one I will never, ever forget. My son came up in front of a judge I never, ever would have "voted" for had I bothered to do some homework instead of leaving that ballot choice blank.)

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Its sad that they have had to make deals for their release but I am so happy that will at long last be free !!!
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Its sad that they have had to make deals for their release but I am so happy that will at long last be free !!!
I agree Lisa! This is a victory and I'm going to enjoy every moment I can! Thirty two people have been executed this year. Here's one that will walk free. We can get back to work tomorrow--today I'm happy!!
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If it's true that they will be set free, I'll be extremely happy!
Sad part is that one of the victim's father has made an, in my opinion, open threat to Damien Echols. Comes down to that Damien has no place on earth where he would be safe! Now don't you think that is a dangerous comment?
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and i'm wondering if they're going to do anything with the DNA they found of one of the victims' stepfather & stepfather's friend. probably not...

either way, they'll be released, and that's exactly what they deserve!
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