Jason Baldwin, wrongly convicted for murder alongside his friends Damian Echols and Jessie Misskelley, talks about the deeply disturbing case of the West Memphis 3.
Speaking on the Wrongful Conviction Podcast, Baldwin discusses the impact of interrogation on Misskelley who, like Brendan Dassey, was a vulnerable minor with a low IQ. Using the largely discredited Reid Technique, the same method Law Enforcement used against Dassey, the West Memphis cops extracted a “coerced compliant confession” from the youngster, convincing him to implicate Echols, Baldwin and himself in the murder of three young boys, leading to one of the most infamous miscarriages of justice in living memory.
Sharing the episode on his Facebook page, Baldwin wrote:
“Never think for a moment that it isn’t possible for you or someone you love to find your life taken from you at the hands of the government. Police officers, detectives and prosecutors can lie to you, they can lie to the public and jury about you. They can also find career criminals to lie about you as part of a deal to wipe their records clean and they don’t have to tell anyone about it. They can even pressure those who would tell the truth about you and your whereabouts to lie in order to avoid mistreatment at their hands. This is my reality and life. What’s so scary is that it reflects the lives of so many and it could be yours next. Proclaim Justice people!”
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