February 24, 2010

Depp and West Memphis Three

Johnny Depp is one of the most notoriously private celebrities, but this week he is making a rare TV appearance. Not to promote his new Alice in Wonderland movie, but to speak out on behalf of the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of murder on what many believe were bogus charges with flimsy evidence.

Many who have looked at the fats of the case believe these three men were innocent, and despite the hard evidence not proving their guilt they were convicted because prosecutors made then look evil by twisting around things like their love for heavy metal music and the occult, and even reading Stephen King books.

The NY Post article below offers a knee-jerk reaction to Johnny Depp as a liberal celebrity type, but conservatives and liberals alike should really look at the details of this case and judge for themselves. It seems quite likely this is a miscarriage of justice, and their defense attorneys deserve all the help and support they can get to turn this around. Especially since one of the men is currently on death row. The Post, and other celebrity-haters, might want to lay off the hate and actually check the facts this time, because Depp seems to be getting this one right.

Depp and West Memphis Three

Depp will appear on CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" on Sunday to call for reopening the case of the West Memphis Three -- convicted as teenagers of beating three 8-year-olds to death in 1994 -- because he believes they never got a fair trial. Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison, and Damien Echols, who is on death row, have all spent 16 years behind bars. But Depp joins such supporters as Eddie Vedder, Metallica, Winona Ryder and the Dixie Chicks in arguing they were convicted because they were devotees of heavy-metal music, Stephen King novels and the occult...

Depp and West Memphis Three

Posted at February 24, 2010 7:43 AM