The Arkansas Times is the only publication that has consistently voiced concern about the trials of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—and called for a court review of their cases. Now that the Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered that review, the Times editors, foreseeing a critical year ahead, sought interviews and photographs of the men. They were denied interview with Echols and Misskelley, as explained below, but recorded a great talk with Jason Baldwin, in which he talks about his faith that he’ll freed, his family, and his feelings about Echols and Misskelley, who are also briefly shown. (I’ve also posted a further recent interview with Baldwin on the DK2 section of this site.)
From the Arkansas Times blog: “On January 14, 2011 Arkansas Times Reporter David Koon and Photographer Brian Chilson arrived at the Varner “Super Max” Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections where Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley are housed. We had an appointment made weeks in advance for an interview and photographs of the both prisoners. Upon our arrival in the visitation room, however, we were informed that we were only approved for photos, despite prior and specific approval for an interview. Both prisoners expressed surprise upon learning that we were not allowed to interview them as they had both signed consent forms that specified an interview would be done. We were allowed our interview with Jason Baldwin later in the day at the Tucker Unit. The interview took place in a conference room, video of Damien and Jessie taken during the few minutes we were allowed to see but not talk to them is from the morning.” Arkansas Times interview with Jason Baldwin.