"Unprecedented Statewide Campaign" Kicks Off Urging Freedom of West Memphis 3

LITTLE ROCK, AR - On the eve of the one-month anniversary of a federal court filing that supporters say shows Damien Echols was wrongfully convicted of the murders of three West Memphis boys in 1993, a cross-section of Arkansans today launched a campaign to "engage the community in helping overturn the convictions of Echols" and Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley.

"Evidence = Innocence.  Arkansas Take Action!" is a campaign that harnesses widespread community support for the West Memphis 3 into letters and petitions to state officials who have the legal authority to review new evidence in the case could support efforts to overturn the convictions.

Specific components of the campaign include personal letters from concerned Arkansans asking Governor Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to support efforts to overturn the convictions of Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley, and a petition drive asking McDaniel to carefully review the new evidence in the case, and joint efforts to overturn the convictions.