Entries by Mara Leveritt

Secret affidavit in Echols/Baldwin case hides a bombshell

It would be big news if a former Arkansas prosecuting attorney were to publicly admit that he has known for the past 14 years of serious misconduct by jury foreman Kent Arnold (shown here) that tainted the trial of Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin—a trial that ended with Echols being sentenced to death and Baldwin […]

From this week’s Arkansas Times

SUPREME COURT JOCKEYING BEGINS Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Glaze apparently has decided to retire at the end of 2010. That creates a seat on the court and lawyers have received letters recently that Circuit Judge John Fogleman will be a candidate for the seat. Fogleman, a former prosecutor, lives in Marion and sits […]

WM3 supporters run for U.S. Senate and Arkansas legislature

Wendy Crow and Mary Boley, two veteran activists on behalf of the WM3, are running for seats in the Arkansas House of Representatives as candidates of the state’s Green Party. Crow, of Jasper, and Boley, of Russelville, have long been associated with ARWAR, Arkansans Working to Achieve Revolution. ARWAR was the first Arkansas group to […]

Reason prevails–but not in Arkansas

The cases bear remarkable similarities: A man who was a teenager at the time, convicted of a murder and sexual mutilation, without a piece of physical evidence tying him to the crime. The defendant’s drawings used against him at trial. Allegations that a public official lied under oath and failed to turn over to the […]

Was It Rape?

My article about accusations against Ron Fields, a former Arkansas attorney general, appears in this week’s Arkansas Times. I welcome your comments. Appearing with the story was this account of the prosecution of Rolf Kaestel by Fields, and what has happened to Kaestel since he was sent to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Crittenden County’s history of injustice examined in Arkansas Times

Check out the cover story in this week’s Arkansas Times. It arises from the anguish and controversy surrounding the shooting of 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow (above) by a West Memphis policeman last June. The officer, who is white, claimed that DeAunta, who was black, had a toy gun, which the policeman mistook for a real one. […]

Much ado about fundraising

This morning, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that a new fund has been established for the defense of the West Memphis Three. I urge you to read more about the new West Memphis 3 Innocence Project. You will see that I am one of the directors. Not surprisingly, announcement of the fund’s creation has stirred […]

Attorney general claims “Echols and Baldwin both confessed”

Arkansas Times editor Max Brantley posted an item critical of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on the paper’s blog this morning. Here’s what Brantley wrote: Don’t confuse him with the facts “Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has made it clear he’s not open to reason in the case of the West Memphis Three convictions. Not surprising. The […]

“With Liberty” on YouTube

Last spring, two film students from Northern Illinois University interviewed me as part of a documentary they were making on the WM3. They recently wrote to say their film is nearly finished and that a trailer has been posted on YouTube. Check it out: With Liberty: the West Memphis Three