Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The West Memphis Three
Thanks to Lewberry for e-mailing this NYTimes story about the latest development in the case of the West Memphis Three, in which 3 then-teenagers were convicted of murder in a circus-like legal process that was documented in one of the best, most haunting films I've ever seen, Paradise Lost. I believe I've mentioned here before (maybe more than once, sorry), it's the only film I've ever watched that compelled me to immediately rewind it and watch again as soon as it was over. Anyone who has the slightest interest in criminal law - from a prosecutorial side or a defense side - should have to watch it (maybe in a triple feature with The Thin Blue Line and Brother's Keeper). A sequel confuses things even further.

At any rate, the defense has made new filings based on scientific testing that has never been done before, that may yet offer the possibility of a new trial. If you've seen the film, you will be interested, and surprised, by some of the new assertions. If you haven't, you should.

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