Texas Death Row: See Where They Live Their Lives While Waiting to Die

Terry and I had discussed posting on another matter this week, but this YouTube video literally made me nauseous as tears ran down my face so we'll be posting on that news story next week and we're sharing this with you today. 

Please watch this and think about what it means to serve time on Death Row -- and how horrific this is for any human being, but especially for those who are unjustly accused and innocent:

 

Terry Lenamon Shares His Thoughts About New Film "West of Memphis": Every Judge, Prosecutor, and Capital Defense Lawyer Needs to See This Movie

 

We've covered the case of the West Memphis Three here on the blog in a series of posts going back over the years and in the past month, we've had several posts urging people to see the documentary based upon this Death Row case out of Arkansas, "West of Memphis."  No need to go back over those details here. 

Today, Terry Lenamon shares with you his thoughts on this documentary, which he has already seen in an advanced screening up at the New York Law School.  The film is scheduled for a national release in late December.  Please go see it.

Now, from Terence Lenamon, his personal thoughts on this film:

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In a perfect world each of us has a guardian angel.  

Damien Echol’s angel is Lorri Davis.

Without her, Damien would have been a casualty of a flawed and imperfect justice system. He would clearly have been executed.  An innocent man -- a mere eighteen years old at the time of his sentence of death, and destined to be dead at the hands of the Arkansas justice system .

Tragedy passing at the expense of fear- driven justice, the new documentary “West of Memphis” tells that story.  I think that Amy Berg (Director), Peter Jackson, (Producer) and Damien Echols should provide this movie to every Judge, Prosecutor and Defense Attorney as a roadmap on both what should and should not be done in capital cases.  

Peter Jackson and Amy Berg do a wonderful job taking us on this long journey that begins with the horrific murder of three young boys and ends in the release of three innocent men almost two decades later.

It is an emotional roller coaster that highlights bad lawyering, overzealous law enforcement, a fear driven community bent on justice, good lawyering, and a very expensive, resource driven defense team that proves money does make a difference.

Both Dennis Riordan and Stephan Braga do a wonderful job at laying the foundation to obtain the release of these men. Barry Scheck lends a hand in helping create law related to DNA testing in Clintonville.

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh selflessly provide a piece of their $300 million dollar net worth to sharpen the defense attack on injustice with the likes of Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, and company dirtying their hands in the face of controversy, never veering from the pursuit of justice.

In all, this deeply touching, yet frightening examination of a broken system, makes clear one undisputable point: when you mix the taking of a life by a justice system with imperfect human fragilities, you can expect nothing less than tragedy.  

For those who practice in my world let us not forget that Death is Different. Let us not forget.

-          -- Terry Lenamon | November 24, 2012

 

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More on New Movie "West of Memphis" - Please See This Film Says Terry Lenamon

Terry Lenamon went to see the early screening of the new documentary West of Memphis in New York City (see our earlier post) and he'll be sharing his experiences here in a later post ... meanwhile, Terry's very excited about spreading the word about this film and generating public awareness about this case.

It's opening around the country on Christmas Day 2012.  Please plan on going to see it. 

Here's a trailer for West of Memphis:

 

 

 

Special Screening of New Film: WEST OF MEMPHIS - Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

The West Memphis Three were freed a little over a year ago after lots of support and efforts to make the public aware of what was happening to these three men.  Major public figures from Johnny Depp to Oliver Stone to Ozzy Osborne all worked to bring justice in this case (details and background here)

Now, a documentary based on the story of the West Memphis Three is being released, entitled "West of Memphis," opening on December 25, 2012, in both Los Angeles and New York City. 

Terry Lenamon has been invited to special screenings of Peter Jackson's film, co-produced by Fran Walsh and Damiel Echols, at the New York Law School on November 17, where the documentary will be shown as well as a panel discussion involving those involved in the film as well as the lawyers in the underlying case.  It's being presented as part of the New York Law School's Program in Law and Journalism as a program entitled "Justice Lost: the Fight to Free Damien  Echols." 

Terry extends his thanks to Stacey Berkowitz Ranere, Vice President of Rubenstein Associates, Inc. for the invitation and he also wants to help promote this new documentary to those interested in capital punishment and death penalty issues, both here and aboard. 

Please click on the image for details about the film from IMDb:

 

 
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