Past and Present

Mara Leveritt wrote something about WM3truth.com last week. Most of the article is behind a pay wall, so I haven’t read it. But she opens with a grammar quibble:

A new website, WM3truth.com presents a highly researched and highly selective view of why, as the site puts it, “The West Memphis Three were guilty.”

Were guilty?

Since the crime and trials took place nearly twenty years ago, the past tense strikes me as appropriate. If I had written “the WM3 are guilty”, someone could have responded, “aha, notice he doesn’t say they were guilty back then”.

So just to be clear: the West Memphis 3 (by which I mean Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley) were guilty in 1993 when they killed the three little boys; they were guilty in 1994 when two juries convicted them; they are still guilty today; they remained guilty at all times between May 5, 1993, and the present; and they will remain guilty for the foreseeable future.

Leveritt also describes this site as an “effort to lay out the state’s best possible evidence—in the best possible light for the state—almost as a prosecutor would”. For the record, wm3truth.com has no connection to the state of Arkansas or the prosecution. I’m just an interested observer arguing the case in the court of public opinion. We might just as well describe Leveritt’s work as an “effort to create reasonable doubt by any means necessary, unconcerned whether the accused are actually guilty or innocent, almost as a defense lawyer would”.

4 thoughts on “Past and Present”

  1. I TOTALLY AGREED WITH THE DECISION THAT WAS MADE ALMOST 20 YRS AGO, THAT THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE ARE GUILTY. WITH THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS INTRODUCED TO THE JURY THEN,(I HAVE READ CALLAHAN’S COURT DOCUMENTS) I MYSELF WOULD HAVE FOUND THEM GUILTY WITHOUT A REASONABLE DOUBT. MY SON’S IQ WAS DONE WHEN HE WAS 13YRS OLD AND FOUND THAT HIS IQ WAS A 70. JESSIE’S IQ WAS HIGHER THAN THAT. MY SON WENT TO A REGULAR SCHOOL AND WOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO SAY HE HELPED KILL THREE LITTLE BOYS, IF IT WERE NOT TRUE. SO, WHAT IM SAYING IS, THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS PRODUCED TO THE JURY, I WOULD HAVE CONVICTED ALSO.

  2. ppl need to realize alot of ppl give into false confession even in the right state of mind, by pressure. I as a child would lie to my dad and admit to stuff just to get him off my back… Kids like jessie do not understand the damage and consequences

  3. I just laught at the way he describe how they cleaned the scene and that explains the absence of blood and this place was well traveled. That would have been a mess. I cut my finger really bad and it went every where on my counters and it took forever to clean up. but I guess its nothing to clean blood off leaves and sticks.

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