without any forensic evidence, three arkansas high school aged boys were convicted of the brutal homicides of three younger boys in 1993- the very tail end of the crazed satanic ritual abuse fraud fad and it's rampage through and trashing of the american court system and collective psyche. the sentences ranged from the death penalty to life in prison for a crime with no witnesses and no forensic links whatsoever to the defendants, one of whom was found to possess the IQ and understanding of a 12 year old child.the prosecution played up an alleged motive consisting of some sort of satanic sacrifice based on little more than the music listening habits of the accused, their choice of clothing color and the name change of one to 'Damien'.
on december 5, 1484 at the behest of inquisitor heinrich kramer, pope innocent the VIII issued the papal bull "Summis desiderantes affectibus"( "with supreme ardor") that gave church approval to going after witches and destroying them by any means necessary. kramer was the co-author of the pro-genocide christian tract(really pro-gynocide) the 'Malleus Maleficarum', literally 'the Hammer of the Wrong Doing Women' i.e. 'witches'. in other words open season on uppity bitches or perhaps those you might want to rape- the 'mein kampf' of anti-female christian blood lust.it's over the top childish hobgoblin hysterics are only outdone by the alarmingly obsessive pornographic focus on and demonization of the sexual act and the female gender.
"many persons of both sexes, unmindful of their own salvation and straying from the Catholic Faith, have abandoned themselves to devils, incubi and succubi, and by their incantations, spells, conjurations, and other accursed charms and crafts, enormities and horrid offences, have slain infants yet in the mother's womb, as also the offspring of cattle, have blasted the produce of the earth, the grapes of the vine, the fruits of the trees, nay, men and women, beasts of burthen, herd-beasts, as well as animals of other kinds, vineyards, orchards, meadows, pasture-land, corn, wheat, and all other cereals; these wretches furthermore afflict and torment men and women, beasts of burthen, herd-beasts, as well as animals of other kinds, with terrible and piteous pains and sore diseases, both internal and external; they hinder men from performing the sexual act and women from conceiving..."- 1928 english translation,"Summis desiderantes affectibus"(1484).
a legal challenge by one of the west memphis 3 defendants forced a DNA examination of the evidence in 2005. it was discovered that none of the collected evidence including the bodies of the decedents had any DNA evidence present that could have come from the three defendants. there was however foreign DNA linked to the step-father of one of the murdered boys and his friend.
"The results of the testing established that neither Echols, Baldwin, nor Misskelley was
the source of any of the biological material tested, which included a foreign allele from a
penile swab of victim Steven Branch; a hair from the ligature used to bind victim Michael
Moore; and a hair recovered from a tree stump, near where the bodies were recovered. In
addition, the DNA material from the hair found in the ligature used to bind Moore was found
to be consistent with Terry Hobbs, Branch’s stepfather. The hair found on the tree stump
was consistent with the DNA of David Jacoby, a friend of Terry Hobbs...
On April 14, 2008, Echols filed a motion for a new trial pursuant to section 16-112-
201 and 208(e)(3). On September 10, 2008, without holding an evidentiary hearing, the
circuit court entered an order denying the motion for a new trial. Echols then filed a timely
notice of appeal in this court"
- damien wayne echols vs. the state of arkansas, supreme court of arkansas 2010 Ark. 417
on november 4 of 2010, the arkansas supreme court overturned the circuit court's denial of motion by echols for an evidentiary hearing and/or new trial based on the new DNA evidence and the long standing allegations of jury misconduct.
"The Supreme Court rebuked Circuit Court Judge David Burnett for not holding a hearing on the DNA evidence before rejecting Echols' request for a new trial in 2008. Burnett had ruled that the crime-scene DNA evidence - which shows no trace of Echols or the two other men convicted of the murders - was legally inconclusive and not enough to prove innocence." http://tinyurl.com/2uzbjod
burnett was recently elected a state senator in arkansas. he had apparently retired as a judge but still stayed on the bench to render justice and other helpful stuff. apparently burning witches may just be a heavily greased pathway to higher office in the enlightened state of arkansas. burnett was the judge at the original witch trials of the west memphis 3. clearly there's no conflict of interest whatsoever in a judge ruling on constitutional and legal issues on cases he presided over.
"There’s a rule of judicial conduct that requires a judge to avoid even any appearance of impropriety. But Burnett has disregarded that and the Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed perfunctorily a request from a lawyer for one of the West Memphis Three to remand the issue for Burnett to reconsider his decision to stay on the case...
After retiring in January, Burnett agreed to appointment as a special judge solely for post-conviction issues that are still percolating from these highly publicized West Memphis cases. The reasoning was that the files were so thick that a new judge would have faced a mountainous learning curve.
Burnett should have had the good grace to decline this appointment if he knew he was running for the state Senate. And he certainly should not have whined to the Jonesboro Sun in tones perhaps suggesting prejudice.
But there it was Sunday — Burnett telling a Sun reporter that, yes, he was intending to run for the Senate; that he was sick and tired of this West Memphis case; and that he regretted letting documentary filmmakers into the courtroom in 1994 because their “Paradise Lost” turned out to be biased for the defendants.
An appellant might feel better if the judge did not tell the newspaper he was sick of the case."
i bet some people might be sick of being in prison for a crime they did not commit,labeled inhumane child killing monsters, you judicial sack of shit. maybe some people are sick of being gang raped in jail by real killers. that sort of thing gets awful tiring. but, one supposes, not as tiring and annoying as having light shed on the way one conducts one's court and administers ' justice' impartially. so tiring.
quasi-retired judge/witchsniffer and current arkansas state senator elect david burnett is a democrat.