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Old 09-11-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Sitting in prison for 18 years for a crime they did not commit must be devastating. Also, there is no guarantee with new trials. It's important to note that Judge Burnett railroaded the defense the entire trial and the prosecution found 12 people to convict with no evidence. The same circus could happen again. I commend Jason for "taking one for the team" to help his friend off of death row. That man has fortitude like no other.

I had not followed the case for a few years and had no idea new things were brewing. I was so excited when I read they were freed.
I do as well...just really sucks that they are now left with no recourse against the state of Arkansas should they come up with new compelling eveidence to show the state screwed up.....really scary how they were convicted...I wish them all well
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I wonder what ever happened to Damien's son? Hopefully his Mom was smart enough to take him far far away from Arkansas
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Kerry Max Cook (in Texas) was the longest running death row inmate in the history of the US, for a crime he did not commit. Over two decades after being on death row, and prior to a final trial after an appeal process, the prosecutor in his case offered a plea bargain if he plead guilty based on the amount of time he served and he was able to walk free. He took it prior to the trial.

Two years later his DNA was tested against semen on the underwear of the rape/murder victim and it did not match his. He is still on paper a convicted murderer because of the plea bargain and cannot recieve any compensation for the time he was incarcerated. The state did not pursue any charges against the man the DNA matched, which was an estranged ex-boyfriend of the victim. Justice was not servdd.

Kerry Max Cook's story

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That is horrible. And the WMT are now in the same boat.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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I'm so glad to hear they are free. I never believed their guilt, and felt they were railroaded.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:43 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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Did anyone see the Dateline story on them on Saturday night? Good story/reporting. I was not aware of this case until it made the news that they were released. I find it so ironic that they have to plead guilty to get free (Alford plea). For Jason(?) this was hard for him to do as he is not guilty. But in life, you sometimes gotta do what you gotta do (play the game). I am happy for them!
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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Saw the documentary years ago... near the end of the show there was doubt raised about one of the victims step father... ?

They pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 18 years, time served, so I guess the system is off the hook but assuming there is major doubt in the guilt of these 3, now they have little recouse nor does the state pursue the REAL Killer(s). ??
I don't picture that happening, considering that these guys got out by finally pleading guilty. The police seemed more than satisfied with their own results.
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