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Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas - NYTimes.com

Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe, citing procedural reasons, said he couldn't grant executive clemency to the West Memphis Three before he left office even if he was inclined to do so. What's more, none has sought a pardon.

2013 - West of Memphis Three. 1993 West Memphis Three. Left to right: Jessie Misskelley, Jr. was sentenced to life. Damien Echols was sentenced to death, imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences. Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Suddenly, they’re free

"The Nightmare of the West Memphis Three" -- Three teen boys falsely accused of satanic murder, and what the twenty-year saga says about prejudice and our legal system. Everyone needs to watch Paradise Lost!

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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Directed by Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky. With Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs. A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

West of Memphis (2012)

Directed by Amy Berg. With Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden. An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.