'West Memphis 3' freed in child killings after 18 years - justice? injustice?

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'West Memphis 3' freed in child killings after 18 years - justice? injustice?

Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
If you don't know anything about the West Memphis Three you may want to visit their website or the Wikipedia page.

This past Friday in a complicated deal (Alford Plea) they plead guilty but were released from prison (death row in the case of Echols) and cannot be retried.

So, was justice done?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, the WM3 should not have been convicted and now they're free.
No, the WM3 shouldn't have been convicted, but the Alford plea is an insult.
1  (17%)
No, the WM3 were found guilty and now they've gotten away with murder.
4  (67%)
Other
1  (17%)
Total votes: 6
Poll is closed
08/21/2011
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Ansley Ansley
I haven't followed the case and I don't intend on educating myself about the case. What's done is done and my opinion on the matter doesn't hold any weight.

My answer is the same for every case were there is questionable evidence, circumstances or sentencing. There's a reason I'm not a lawyer.
08/21/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
I don't know enough about this case to say either way. I do know that a professor at the last school that I attended is extremely happy about their release since her post on Facebook was simply overflowing with joy. She teaches criminal justice and had taught about this specific case for years in at least one of her courses. She felt that they were wrongfully convicted and were innocent.
08/21/2011
Ansley Ansley
Oh, but one more thing, quite coincidental that they were released around the same time two Americans were convicted of espionage and spying in Iran. No one's talking about that.
08/21/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Oh, but one more thing, quite coincidental that they were released around the same time two Americans were convicted of espionage and spying in Iran. No one's talking about that.
Actually, I found out about the Iran sentencing before I found out about the WM3, though I believe the news about the WM3 broke first. I don't know where you get your news, but the sentencing of the U.S. hikers has been front page everywhere I visit. Their case reminds me a great deal of the North Korean arrest of Laura Ling and Euna Lee in 2009. Makes me wonder if Iran is holding out for a similar resolution (high profile visit), thus the similar harsh sentencing of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.
08/21/2011
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
Actually, I found out about the Iran sentencing before I found out about the WM3, though I believe the news about the WM3 broke first. I don't know where you get your news, but the sentencing of the U.S. hikers has been front page everywhere I ...
I highly, highly doubt that those are Iran's intentions. But, I'm really not going to jump head first into a discussion about the Middle East.
08/21/2011
Total posts: 6
Unique posters: 3