After viewing the next-to-last film (Paradise Lost - Purgatory)...there is something so glaring, something so inherently wrong with the justice system that I am surprised no one has called the Arkansas Supreme Court to task on it.
The prosecutor, now having to deal with professionals far beyond his league, stood there...in front of the Supreme Court...and stuttered and gave "I don't smoke" answers to the judges. He looked like an utter fool and much reminded me of those money men giving testimony after the 2008 financial collapse. Stuttering and tripping over their tongues when asked intelligent questions by people who knew what to ask.
The judges, this time, knew there was money behind the three, and started, for the first time...to actually listen to common sense. What is wrong with this picture? That prosecutor wanted only incriminating evidence to be allowed! What happened to "innocent until proven guilty?" Evidently, every other time that an appeal came up, the Supreme Court listened not only to that prosecutor but to the judge who heard the case the first time. And that judge is now a SENATOR? Excuse me?!?!
Both Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin gave such moving interviews, eloquent in their simplicity and directness. They did not so much bemoan their own fate and suffering, but had the true prize never out of their minds. Finding who did this heinous thing and doing it for the poor babies that were so horribly killed, and their loved ones. Hardly sounds like the demons the prosecutors painted them to be. The prosecutor and the state are only interested in covering their collective asses, not in justice.
I applaud those with the ability and means to fight for these six people. I say six because the dead babies and the 'convicted killers' were equally victims. And if angels really do happen, I'm sure those three babies and fighting hard to see that justice is finally done.
The prosecutorial system has to change. The prosecutors have to be held accountable with no "Alford" escape route.
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