Pardon the West Memphis Three
  • Petitioned Mike Beebe

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of Arkansas
Mike Beebe
Arkansas Attorney General
Dustin McDaniel

Pardon the West Memphis Three

    1. Stuart Faulks
    2. Petition by

      Stuart Faulks

      Falls Creek, Australia

In 1994, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were wrongfully convicted of a triple homicide in West Memphis, Arkansas. For sixteen years, all their appeals had been denied. On September 30th, 2010, oral arguments were heard for Damien in Little Rock and on November 4th, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that all three men would be given the chance to present new evidence before Judge David N. Laser at an evidentiary hearing in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on December 5th, 2011.

On August 19, 2011, Baldwin, Echols and Misskelley were released from prison. Their freedom was based upon a plea agreement with Craighead County prosecutor Scott Ellington, in which, while maintaining their innocence, the three agreed to an Alford plea to the original charges. They were released based upon time served. The three men appeared before Judge David N. Laser, in Craighead County Court in Jonesboro, Arkansas. As part of the plea agreement, Damien Echols capital murder conviction was vacated.

Ellington openly admitted that the State had little or no chance of securing the same guilty verdicts which were handed down in 1994, should the men be retried. He stated “I believe that allegations of misconduct on behalf of a juror in the Echols-Baldwin trial would likely result in a new trial being ordered either by the circuit court or federal court. I further believe it would be practically impossible to put on a proper case against the defendants in this particular case after eighteen years of extended litigation.”

These men are innocent of the crimes they were convicted of and should be exonerated and given a full pardon so as they may be relieved of the stigma the State has attached to them as they, and their families, attempt to rebuild their lives.

Thank you all very much for your participation and ongoing support.

Stuart Faulks.

 

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    1. Petition to be delivered on Monday, December 12th, 2011

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support, one and all.

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      This petition will soon be delivered to the Governor of Arkansas. Please continue to share it.
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    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. West Memphis 3 freed in plea bargain

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      By Mara Leveritt

      After the bang of a judge's gavel, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., walked out of a Jonesboro courtroom as free men, shortly before noon. They remain convicted felons, but they are not even on parole.

      Circuit Judge David Laser accepted a plea agreement worked out between the state attorney general's office, the local prosecutor and attorneys representing the men, who have spent nearly 18 years in prison. Under the agreement, called an Alford plea, Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley told the court they would plead guilty to reduced charges of first-degree, rather than capital murder, while continuing to maintain that they are innocent. An Alford plea allows defendants to assert their innocence, while conceding that the state has enough evidence to convict them.

    5. 1500 signatures and rising!

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all once again for your ongoing support.
      Please continue to share this petition with everyone you know.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. 1300 signatures reached!

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      Petition Organizer

      Thank you once again to all who have signed and continue to share this petition.

    8. Excerpt from opinion delivered July 27, 2011 by the Arkansas Supreme Court

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      (b) Authorization. A judge may authorize broadcasting, recording, or photographing in
      the courtroom and areas immediately adjacent thereto during sessions of court, recesses
      between sessions, and on other occasions...

    9. Thank you all again for your support!

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      1000 signatures and counting. Please continue to share this link so we reach our target of 5000.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Fresh DNA evidence boosts defense in 1993 Arkansas slayings

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      "We would certainly support any effort to have cameras in the courtroom and the hearing being available to the public," Soury said. "This trial needs to be as transparent as possible."

      This is one of those efforts. Thank you all for your support!

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. Thank you!

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      To all who have signed this petition, thank you, it is greatly appreciated. We have now reached 500 signatures. Please continue to share this with all and sundry.

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. We have reached 200 signatures in less than twenty four hours!

      Stuart Faulks
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared this petition so far. It is greatly appreciated.

    16. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Edwards PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Governor Bebe you know it's the right thing to do!

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    • Susan Riley ST. LOUIS, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because this is a clear miscarriage of justice. The jury erred in considering Misskellys confession at Echo'ls and Baldwins trial. The Judge was clearly in violation for meeting with the prosecution without the defense present. I am in no way fooled by the politician in Arkansas covering there own arses here. This trial was based on inept police work, amoral prosecutors and a system that refuses to acknowledge a moral wrong. Take the Take the ten year suspended sentence hanging over them, give them back their names...they are guilty of nothing more than being troubled teens in an hysterical environment.... 6 Children died the day they were arrested... The public deserves to have the actual murderer of these children off of the street, that will not happen till you act. show courage governor.

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    • Kara Bowers COOS BAY, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Most of my family lives in Arkansas and we have followed the trial and appeals. This case is makes the whole Arkansas judicial system look bad. I don't believe anyone would believe the "occult" crime specialist if he testified today. I don't believe the defendants could be re-convicted. It is disappointing that all leads were not followed. Lastly, as long as the defendants are deemed guilty, the victims and their families do not get a chance for real justice, and don't they deserve that?

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    • Anita Williamson MARIETTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      After 18+years of being wrongful locked up,and evidence that shows,clearly shows their innocence,I firmly believe that full exoneration/pardon should be,in order for these men to really declare themselves FREE.Hopefuly thoes in the know will find it in their judicial hearts to make it so.

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    • Jill Forga SPRINGDALE, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I believe they are innocent

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