1: to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship
2: to clear from accusation or blame
In one of my most recent posts about the West Memphis 3 hype machine I noted how at least one journalist has fallen for the line of crap spewed forth by the WM3 defenders. It’s not just that journalist either. Many other journalists have fallen in lock and step with the supporters never questioning the WM3 party line.
The article I linked to is an interview with attorney Dennis Riordan. He’s basically the head honcho of the Damien Echols legal team, hired by Echols’ wife Lorri Davis. One of his other clients is Barry Bonds, so that should tell you something In his interview, Riordan spews the same old crap about how the ‘DNA evidence’ implicates Terry Hobbs. It doesn’t. This is stuff we’ve all heard before, so I was going to pass on posting about this article until I read this sentence from the interview’s author.
Riordan represented Damien Echols, who spent 18 years on death row in Arkansas before he was exonerated and freed in August 2011.
I’m not certain if this is biased journalism or just lazy journalism. The West Memphis 3 were released after accepting an Alford Plea. That isn’t even close to exoneration.
An Alford plea (also called a Kennedy plea in the state of West Virginia, an Alford guilty plea, an “I’m guilty but I didn’t do it” plea and the Alford doctrine) in United States law is a guilty plea in criminal court, where the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence. Under the Alford plea, the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Like it or not chalupas, they pleaded guilty and are for the record convicted killers, especially your outcast messiah Echols.
For The Chronicle not to research this well established fact shows that most news media isn’t about the truth but what will get the most eyeballs on their stories.