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mattarl



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West Memphis Three hearing today!  Reply with quote  

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/19/139780123/west-memphis-three-could-go-free?ft=1&f=1001

They might finally get out!
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:28 am
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icarus502
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They're out!
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:59 am
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jakethesnake
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So was justice served? Seems so?
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:03 am
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Captiv8



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I love how it says "Could Go Free" like their sentences are up or they might be paroled. What of recompense, public apologies by the police, or any kind of actual justice? How do you make up for 18 years of wrongful imprisonment?
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:07 am
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laurapalmer



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Not acquitted, denied innocence and the state won't be pursuing other suspects believing they had the right guys.

So, they are free, but can still be brought back to prison, have no compensation for their time lost, and for all intents and purposes still have a criminal record.

That's a shitty deal all around.
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:11 am
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if the state is not admitting it was wrong then I don't see why they would let them go.
So what happens to the real killers?
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:17 pm
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laurapalmer



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poopsnack wrote:
if the state is not admitting it was wrong then I don't see why they would let them go.
So what happens to the real killers?



The WM3 took the guilty plea in a deal, so as far as the state is concerned, they took the plea, they are guilty, justice served. The state can stand up and say that. Technically, it was an Alford deal, which means they took the guilty plea while maintaining there innocence. They then were sentenced to 18 years in prison, credit for time served, and are now free. However, there are a number of strings to the deal that could land them back in prison for 21 more years. Fun stuff like, if they are caught with a weapon, if they get a dui, etc. They are not getting compensation for time in jail, and can't sue, because they pled guilty. In addition, they still have the charges on their records, so shit like voting...no go. Same deal for employment.

The biggest thing that happened is each side, prosecution and defense spins this as a win, and the WM3 aren't in prison.

So, if you think the WM3 are guilty, there is justice. If not, then the killer (s) was never caught, and no one is looking for the killer because the case is closed.

And on the off chance that someone else confesses or is charged or what not, they can't go back and sue the state, because they still plead guilty.

The prosecutor stated during the press conference today that he has no doubt they are guilty, prays they are rehabilitated, and conceded he found it highly likely the WM3 would be acquitted in the retrial that was going to happen in November or so, and this was the best resolution.

All around, pyrrhic victory.
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:57 pm
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jakethesnake
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laurapalmer wrote:
Not acquitted, denied innocence and the state won't be pursuing other suspects believing they had the right guys.

So, they are free, but can still be brought back to prison, have no compensation for their time lost, and for all intents and purposes still have a criminal record.

That's a shitty deal all around.


Well on the plus side they are out of prison. They're probably pretty happy about that.

Edit: This Alford Plea thing is some fucked up law right hurr.
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:57 pm
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Jesse



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Thaaaaank goodness only bad people are left in US prisons anymore.
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:45 pm
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I haven't really revisited the trial and all that since I saw the documentaries, but what are people's thoughts on what actually happened?

Do people just assume it was the crazy step dad? I think I remember hearing something about two people that fled to California after the murders. Maybe them?
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:51 pm
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one of the all time creepiest humans on the planet, right there.
Post Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:14 pm
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