This comes a day after Gov. Mike Beebe appointed special justice Jeff Priebe to consider the appeal of the Damien Echols, who along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were convicted of killing three boys in 1993 in West Memphis.
According to legal papers the Arkansas Supreme Court will consider, DNA testing and other powerful forensic evidence - combined with compelling evidence that the original jury foreman engaged in blatant misconduct that contributed to the jury's decision, proves that Echols was wrongfully convicted of murder.
National legal organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, have filed amicus briefs with the court. The University of Arkansas Law Review recently published a journal article asking the Supreme Court to overturn the convictions of Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley.
Lorri Davis, founder of Arkansas Take Action, said,"Damien Echols is innocent, as are Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. We are pleased that court has set a date for oral arguments and we trust that the justices of the highest court in Arkansas will thoroughly review the new evidence and innocence claims of Damien Echols. We are hopeful that they will overturn his conviction and free an innocent man."