The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles stood firmly behind the 1991 murder conviction that put Troy Davis on death row. But the many doubts in the case have raised questions about 'executive clemency' as a fail-safe for the death penalty.
Supporters of the West Memphis Three are pushing for full exoneration now that the trio is free. But Gov. Mike Beebe, for one, will not consider pardoning them until they finish their 10-year suspended sentences or new evidence comes to light.
Damien Echols, Jason Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin – the West Memphis Three – have spent half their lives in prison. Now, they must learn how to reenter society as free men.
The West Memphis Three, charged in the 1993 slayings of three Cub Scouts, were released Friday. Social media, the Internet, and Hollywood have helped raise critical questions about their convictions.
West Memphis Three members, convicted in 1994 of killing three Boy Scouts, could go free Friday, news reports suggest. The men of the West Memphis Three have drawn support from actor Johnny Depp, among other famous personalities.
For the first time in Arkansas, convicted murderers prevail in seeking review of DNA evidence. Such reviews have exonerated 261 others, but will it help West Memphis Three?