Something Rotten in West Memphis August 19, 2011Posted by Matt in news.
Tags: Alford Plea, arkansas, Eddie Vedder, justice, West Memphis 3
As you might expect, the big news today in the Memphis area is the release of the West Memphis 3 after 18 years in prison for a crime that they likely did not commit. It’s been quite interesting to read about this sudden change in the Arkansas Judicial System, which convicted these three as teenagers all those years ago, putting one of them on death row and the other two in prison for life, despite the ineptitude of the West Memphis Police Department and the lack of evidence against them.
Though I agree that it’s about time justice was finally served, I can’t help but be disappointed in the state’s actions in this matter. According to reports, they were given the opportunity to take what is called the Alford Plea, a guilty plea in criminal clourt where the defendant asserts their innoncence, but admits that evidence exists by which the prosecution could convince a judge or jury to find them guilty.
According to some I have heard talk about this (again, not confirmed), they walk free today, but this would make them unable to pursue legal action against the state of Araknsas for making them spend 18 years behind bars for a crime of which they are likely innocent. Thus, the state gets off free and clear, and they do not even have to expend any effort to find the real killers. It stinks, but I can’t say I blame the WM3 for taking the deal after spending so long behind bars.
The Moral of the Story? Listen to Eddie Vedder more often.
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up March 18, 2010Posted by Matt in news.
Tags: bank robbery, leprechaun
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According to an article I read this morning, two suspects in a Gallatin, Tennessee, bank robbery were killed in a shootout with police yesterday. Witnesses say one of the men was dressed as a leprechaun, complete with a green top hat, vest, shorts, and a fake beard.
I guess the recession has even hurt the pot o’ gold industry…
Meanwhile in Mississippi March 11, 2010Posted by Matt in news.
Tags: cowardice, discrimination, homosexuality, Itawamba County school district, Mississippi
This year’s high school prom has been cancelled in the rural Itawamba County school district in northeast Mississippi on the Alabama border. So, you ask, why would they do away with an event so momentous for their soon-to-be graduating seniors? Was there a terrible accident? A fire? A tornado?
No, it turns out the reason the school district has cancelled this year’s prom is because an 18-year old high school senior, who also happens to be a lesbian, wants to attend with her girlfriend. School policy, though, requires senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. In the ensuing stalemate, the ACLU of Mississippi took the side of the young woman, arguing that banning same-sex prom dates violated her constitutional rights.
So, faced with prospect of being forced to crawl out of 1950, the school board met and announced that the school prom would be cancelled “due to the distractions caused by recent events,” following up with, “it is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors.”
There’s nothing like privatization to bring back some good old fashioned discrimination…