Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Postcard Campaign to Free the West Memphis 3

by Natasha Sniatowsky
Arkansas Take Action- Free the 3!

Simply pick up any postcard (depicting your city/country), make your voice heard advocating for these INNOCENT MEN IN PRISON & slap a stamp on it!

In 1993, shortly after three eight-year-old boys were found murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, police arrested Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. and charged the three teenagers with murder based solely upon an error-filled and police-coerced false confession, extracted from 16-year-old Jessie Misskelley Jr. After 12 hours of questioning, without counsel or parental consent, mentally disabled Jessie Misskelley repeated back to the police what he was told to say.

There was no physical evidence, no weapon, no motive, and no connection to the victims. Instead, prosecutors terrified and inflamed the shell-shocked community. Jessie Misskelley recanted his statement immediately upon being released to his family, stating that the police forced, via threat and the lure of money, the story he told, but it was too late. Misskelley, Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols, known as The West Memphis Three, were arrested—then convicted of murder.

Stunningly, Jason Baldwin, 16 at the time and a model student, was sentenced to life without parole; Jessie Misskelley got life plus 40 years, while Damien Echols was sentenced to death. Damien has spent 17 years in solitary confinement awaiting death by lethal injection for a crime neither he nor Jessie nor Jason had anything to do with.

The West Memphis Three have been wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. But, crucial new evidence of their innocence has been uncovered including crime scene DNA that absolves the three young men and points to others. Some of the country's leading pathologists found that much of the forensic evidence presented to the jury, which helped convict the young men, was false and not consistent with the cause of neither death nor wounds found on the bodies.

Honorable Governor MIKE BEEBE
State Capitol 250
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 (USA)

Attorney General DUSTIN McDANIEL
323 Center Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 (USA)

Template: Governor Mike Beebe OR Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, It has come to my attention that there are three men imprisoned in Arkansas for crimes they had nothing to do with. There is serious reasonable doubt surrounding the convictions of Damien Echols (on death row), Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. I implore you to look into this matter today. Thank you for your time.

If you doubt their innocence, please look into this matter further But you cannot deny the reasonable doubt! Thank you in advance!

Let’s Free the 3!

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