September 7, 2010

"West Memphis 3" Follow-Up

Posted: 12:51 PM ET

During last nights show on the "West Memphis 3," we shared statements from Diana Moore, mother of murder victim Michael Moore, and the Arkansas Attorney General, whose office will defend the conviction of Damien Echols before the Arkansas Supreme Court later this month.

Because of time constraints, we weren't able to read the entire statements, but since there are no time constraints on the blog, we wanted to post them here in their etirety.  Also below are statements we received from Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines, two of our guests last night, in response to Diana Moore.

Statement from Diana Moore, mother of murder victim Michael Moore:

In 1993, all I wanted was justice for Michael, Christopher, and Stevie, and closure for myself, and my family. 17 years later, still no justice, or closure.

Since the convictions, the media has made it a point to make this case all about the convicted. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that three innocent 8 year old children were brutally murdered, and these three men were convicted on the evidence presented to 24 , (in total), juror members that voted unanimously to convict.

Not one of the celebrities interviewed in this program has ever bothered to personally read the case file at West Memphis PD, or speak to anyone involved in prosecuting this case.

My little boy died that day. I'm his mother, and wish to say that the public remains ignorant about what happened in court primarily as a result of the Paradise Lost films, and the writing of Mara Leveritt. My voice is small compared to theirs, but I believe more relevant. They weren't there during the trials, and they didn't lose anybody. I lost almost everything, and not a day goes by that I don't mourn for Michael. The public should think about that before casting their lot in with Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines.

Statement from musician Eddie Vedder, in response to Diana Moore:

I humbly ask that those personally connected to the case understand that there is no way I would ever speak out publicly without having read and studied every document and detail made available in the last twelve years. The murder of the three young boys is without question the saddest and most horrifying element of this brutal case.

As the father of two I cannot comprehend the overwhelming sense of grief and heartbreak the parents have suffered over the last seventeen years.

It hurts to think that while trying to correct the further injustice of three men wrongfully convicted, their pain is further compounded.

This case is so sadly one of tragedy upon tragedy. I send Ms. Moore my respect and understanding, and am so sorry for her unfathomable loss.

Ed Vedder

Statement from musician Natalie Maines, in response to Diana Moore:

My heart goes out to you, Ms. Moore. I can only imagine the heartache and pain you have endured over the past 16 years and I respect your need for peace and closure. I believe a new trial for Damien, Jason, and Jessie, is the first step towards the justice you deserve and desire for your son. Please know that, Michael, Christopher and Stevie are never forgotten. Their sweet and innocent faces are ingrained in our minds forever.

I wish you peace,

Statement from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel:

Our office knows that there are concerns about this case, but be assured that we take the utmost care in handling the appeals of death sentences handed down by Arkansas jurors. Though some celebrities have brought more attention to this case than to the dozens of other pending death-row appeals in this state, every one is an extremely serious matter.

We are committed to fairness and justice not just for the three inmates, but also for the three little boys who didn’t live to see middle school.

Filed under: Damien Echols • Dixie Chicks • Eddie Vedder • Natalie Maines • Pearl Jam • West Memphis 3

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