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I recently got familiar with the story of "Memphis 3"- guys who got sentenced in accusation for the ritualistic murder of the school children in 1993. I am sure that some of you, especially the older ones, heard the story so I will not get into more detail here. The case is shocking enough- three teenagers got accused of killing and raping the school boys during the satanic ritual even though there was no evidence suggesting that any ritual took place or that these teenagers were murderers. Even though there was no clear evidence against them, two of the suspects got sentenced for life and one of them got a death sentence. Fortunately for the case, journalists from HBO, authors of the documentary "aradise Lost" filmed the first trial which took place soon after suspects were arrested and they also made another documentary few years later. Thanks to them many people (including myself) could hear about the case.
Facts that "witch hunts" still take place nowadays or that police may do a terrible job at the crime scene are not surprising to me any more. What terrifies me the most is fact, that now -17 years later the case is still open. During this time all three prisoners tried to appeal in their cases. There was a new evidence found during this time; some of the "witnesses" admitted that their previous statements were false and even some of the victims' parents are now appealing to reopen the case. However each of these appeals got rejected (the recent ones were rejected few weeks ago in January '10). More information can be found on http://www.wm3.org/
I don't understand how this is possible. I don't see how anyone could benefit from hiding the truth about this case. Is it possible that members of so called "criminal justice" struggle with their personal pride and don't want to admit, they were wrong?