Tuesday, August 23, 2011
KUAR FM 89.1 reports that Governor Mike Beebe - one of the Nation's most steady dispensers of gubernatorial clemency- has no intention of granting a pardon to the three men known as the "West Memphis Three." Beebe is said to have noted that he has been lenient with persons "who have completed their sentences, including all the probation time and suspended imposition of sentence time." The Three have served almost 18 years, but Beebe says he was surprised that a recent plea deal allowed for their release. He will only grant a pardon if there is "compelling evidence" that "someone else was responsible" for the murders the men were accused of. See story here.