The Mara Leveritt Blog

Mara has written extensively on criminal justice in Arkansas and America. Mara writes regularly about “cryptolaw,” a word she coined to explain how plain language is often distorted by members of the legal system to the detriment of public trust.

Chosen by the Southeast Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2012, Mara was named Journalist of the Year, “in recognition of her years of unbiased reporting of the facts and legal arguments in many high-profile court proceedings and her persistent efforts to explain to the public the reasoning underlying sometimes controversial court decisions.”

Major topics on the Mara Leveritt Blog include the West Memphis Three case, the Tim Howard case, Abuse of Power by members of the legal system, the Death Penalty, the War on Drugs and much more. Use the list in the right hand column to explore them all.

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

Jason and the warden

I visited Jason Baldwin in his new digs at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit a few weeks ago. It was great to see him, as always. But this visit came with a twist. We’d barely sat ourselves down in the hard plastic chairs in the concrete-block visitation room when in walks the warden, who also […]

MP3 Me

Here’s an interview I did with radio don Pat Lynch in December. WM3 Somebody let me know, please, if you have any trouble getting it.


This coming March 7-9 a new International WEST MEMPHIS THREE fundraising event will be celebrated for the first time: “Free the WM3: ROCK FOR FREEDOM WEEKEND”. The event will be celebrated, as other fundraising events have been in the past, with Supporters, all over the World, holding shows and concerts to raise money for the […]

Terry Hobbs admitted to 1982 sexual assault

Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the three childrren murdered in West Memphis in 1993 and whose DNA was recently found inside one of the knots used in the killing, was arrested 11 years before those murders in Hot Springs. He was charged with entering the home of a neighbor and touching her breasts […]

Hobbs 1982 assault underlines weaknesses in WMPD investigation

It is shocking—yet not really surprising—that West Memphis police failed to find an arrest report on Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the three children murdered in 1993, as part of their investigation. Worse, if they did find it, the report was suppressed. It was not part of the police file. The arrest in […]

Hobbs knives to be tested

A reliable source close to the investigation has reported that Brent Davis, the prosecuting attorney in the case of the West Memphis Three, arranged this week for Arkansas officials to take possession of knives that once belonged to Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of three children murdered in 1993. The source said […]