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West Memphis Three Free At Last!!!

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Free The WM3

After eighteen years of imprisonment, an Arkansas judge granted the West Memphis Three freedom!

The men agreed to a plea deal where the men are allowed to maintain their innocence as long as they admit the Arkansas prosecutors did have evidence to convict them. They can't sue, either.

As we've told you before, in 1993, three little boys — Christopher Byers, Steven Branch, and James Michael Moore — were brutally murdered in the forests of Arkansas.

Police arrested Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. for the murders. All three got life in prison with Damien also receiving the death penalty.

Many believed the men to be innocent and found a number of flaws in the case, but after years and years of large support and DNA testing, justice has been served.

One of the boy's stepfathers passionately believes in the innocence of all three and is arguing the need for a plea to set them free.

Another father, however, is upset too, but because he still believes they're guilty.

This stunning conclusion will fill with controversy just as the verdict did, but at the end of the day — these three men have their lives back.

As for the little boys, we sincerely hope the real killers are found/come forward. Though justice has been served for the WM3, it still needs to be served for Byers, Branch, and Moore.

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19 comments to “West Memphis Three Free At Last!!!”

  1. 1

    Where is the Celebrity Gossip onm this? You must have the hots for these guys, who cares. Stick to the gossip, which you have totally ignored lately. This website sucks!!

  2. 2

    Okay. I may make some enemies here by writing this but it was about something that was discussed today with some law school friends. The evidence against these 3 was the same type of circumstantial evidence that was against Casey Anthony. Had they not been convicted then there would have been the same horror at a false judgement. Now people are relieved and cheering that they are going free. Should this be a lesson that we should just trust the not guilty verdicts of the justice system? Regardless of my personal beliefs on guilt or innocence, had Casey been convicted we would be dealing with this same type of situation ten years down the road - who knows what the outcome would have been, it is impossible to say. But Perez, what I'm saying is you can't applaud the justice system at one second and then ridicule it the next for essentially the same thing.

  3. 3

    According to court officials, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelley made a guilty plea but still maintain their innocence in the case. They were released for time served.

    A guilty plea, Perez.

  4. 4

    Oh wow. I'm confused. So are they really guilty of the mudering of these three young boys or not? If they are innocent why weren't they released years ago? If they are guilty, why are they being released now? What about those young boys who were murdered? What about their parents? No justice in either situation. I pray for the sanity of these boys' parents.

  5. 5

    Re: PenelopePittstop – From what I understand, they are maintaining their innocence, but had to plead guilty so they would not be allowed to sue the state of Arkansas for their imprisonment.

  6. 6

    YEAH!! It's about damn time!!! It absolutely sucks they had to plead guilty to get out though. I'd do it too if it was the only option they were offering me to finally get the fuck out of prison.

    Now if only they would go after Terry Hobbs, the guy who most likely did it.

  7. 7

    Re: PenelopePittstop – read the wiki page. even the parent's of the victims doubted these boys were guilty.

  8. 8

    It is about time ..our Justice system is wrong to allow Prosecution to make deals for a conditional release for the 3 men. They never were guilty & how pathetic is it that Prosecutors condition of their release be that they wouldn't sue state of Arkansas for false imprisonment. Justice???

  9. 9

    "Justice was served?" What a flippant and cavalier statement. Just because they are finally released, does not mean that "justice was served" for the West Memphis 3. They have been incarcerated fore 18 years for crimes they did not commit. How is that justice? And now they had to plea guilty to be released just so they wouldn't be able to sue the system that erroneously jailed them. After 18 years in jail, these men have lost their youth, their freedom, their dignity, and their reputations. It will be difficult for them to regain normal lives. No one comes out of nearly two decades of imprisonment without deep and lasting scars. "Justice" has most definitely NOT been served… what was served was more like a hot steaming pile of shit on a platter.

  10. 10

    Me, Myself and I - Well said.

  11. 11

    People go read the whole case. 2 of these guys admitted to it. I am tired of people telling me that they were tricked into a confession. Witnesses saw 1 guy leaving the scene covered in mud. Another went home from the camp grounds that same night and told family members he didn't want to go back. Please stop making this story something it is not.

  12. 12

    It sucks they can't sue but they now have their freedom and I'm happy. Of course they'll probably write a book and do interviews to make money so I'll wait in anticipation.

  13. 13

    There is PLENTY of proof that they are not guilty. All of the parents, with the exception of one of the fathers, who is a bit delusional anyway, believe they are innocent. DNA from one of the step-fathers with a violent past and a friend of his was found and the same step-father was caught lying to the police about seeing the boys (a neighbor places him with them on that day, he said he didn't see them) was found, yet they're not investigating this. The majority of people on the jury that convicted them don't believe they're guilty and have said that their conviction was based on a "confession" that wasn't even entered as evidence, one of the jury members read about it or heard about it on the news or something like that. The confession was from Jessie, who is a little slow and it's pretty much been proven that he was coerced into it. The prosecutor just looked like an ignorant asshole, when he said what he did. It makes the state of Arkansas look more like a joke than it would have had they just admitted they shouldn't have been in jail and let them go. What is boils down to is people not being able to admit that they were wrong and not wanting the state to be sued for a lot of money. The most unfortunate part of this is that not only did these three men have a large portion of their lives stolen from them, but the person who actually killed the boys is still out there and could very well do something like this again.

  14. 14

    They were young and WERE coerced into a confession, there are tapes and the evidence is there. If you do your own research on the case, all this information is out there and it's very obvious that the police did not do their jobs and only went after them because of how they looked. There is no way someone on death row would be let out, unless the state felt they were innocent or there was some wrongdoing done in the case. The prosecutor even stated that based on the evidence, he doubted they would be convicted.

  15. yeez says – reply to this


    Re: Samtra – Exactly. The jury's decision in the Casey Anthony case saved the state literally millions between housing Casey Anthony and dealing with her appeals.

  16. 16

    Okay, I'm guilty but really innocent and I won't sue so let me out???? I'm confused……..

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  18. 18

    while justice failed to serve on any end, words cannot express my gratitude to live to see the day those innocent men were released. may they soon find peace..

  19. 19

    Perez never said they get to keep an innocent plea. He said they get to maintain their innocence while admitting the state had enough evidence to convict them. Which is true. They did have to sign a guilty plea, but they get to maintain innocence and continue to fight for their names to be cleaned. Wow, you guys really need to learn context and even possibly the English language.