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Dixie Chick Urges Donations to Defense Fund for Murderers
Fox News ^ | December 03, 2007 | Roger Friedman

Posted on 12/03/2007 11:02:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The Dixie Chicks have a new controversy on their hands. Lead singer Natalie Maines is urging people to contribute money to a defense fund for three Arkansas men that she (and many others) believe were wrongly convicted of killing three children in 1993.

Maines writes her plea on the Dixie Chicks Web site, which has already been answered by several celebrities including, I am told, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Eddie Vedder, Jack Black and Henry Rollins.

"I'm writing this letter today because I believe that three men have spent the past 13 years in prison for crimes they didn't commit," Maines' message begins.

"On May 5, 1993 in West Memphis, Ark., three 8-year-old boys, Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore were murdered.

"Three teenage boys, Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin were convicted of the murders in 1994. Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley received life sentences without parole, and Damien Echols sits on death row.

"I encourage everyone to see the HBO documentaries, 'Paradise Lost' and 'Paradise Lost 2' for the whole history of the case."

Right now, Maines’ main goal is to raise money for the West Memphis 3. To that end, she’s directing fans to the Web site www.wm3.org.

Overturning convictions is more common these days, thanks to more sophisticated forensics. There are obviously now dozens of stories about murder convictions that have been overturned thanks to DNA testing.

Plays and projects like "The Exonerated," for example, have shown mistakes made by juries and prosecutors.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: countrymusic; criminals; dixiechicks; memphis; moonbats; music; nataliemaines; shutupandsing

1 posted on 12/03/2007 11:02:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Seldom do you see stupidity so brazenly displayed:

"I encourage everyone to see the HBO documentaries, "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Lost 2" for the whole history of the case."


Let's say the documentaries are 1 or even 2 hours in length. Does she really think you can properly cover all the details which the investigation and prosecution covered? You couldn't even cover the pre-sentence investigation in, say 5 hours, of documentary.

She is a moron. Those who empower her with their $$ should be ashamed of themselves. I have not contributed a cent to her or any of the Dixie Chicks or related merchandising. It's going to stay that way.

2 posted on 12/03/2007 11:11:32 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It can’t hurt to check — can it?


3 posted on 12/03/2007 11:11:48 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I saw the two HBO documentaries on this case. The producers do a good job. But modern “documentaries” are not a righteous quest for truth. They are celluloid propaganda carefully crafted to serve a preconceived agenda to an audience who already suspects these three underprivileged Arkansas teenagers were railroaded by corrupt lawmen. Then Maines wants people to read or watch a play called, “The Exonerated” to get in the right mind for righteous indignation. Maybe we should also read “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

With the Dixie Chicks’ money they could hire a couple of the country’s top investigators and figure this crime out shortly. But then it wouldn’t be a cause celebre media circus.

4 posted on 12/03/2007 11:37:55 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I envision another year of canceled performances due to low ticket sales.


5 posted on 12/03/2007 11:40:50 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

geez....another shrew in need of constant validation.

these criminals....guilty or not.....exist at her pleasure for her to show how righteous she is

a whore...like Penn


6 posted on 12/03/2007 11:41:10 PM PST by wardaddy (I had to refrain my wife from throwing herslef at Jack White's feet today here in Nashville)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These Bunnies Guide Me

7 posted on 12/03/2007 11:45:06 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
“It can’t hurt to check — can it?”

The Dixie Ditzes aren’t gonna get much traction around here.

8 posted on 12/03/2007 11:47:12 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The boys probably stumbled upon Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin having sex in the woods. They died because they were witnesses.
9 posted on 12/03/2007 11:47:49 PM PST by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

The documentaries do a brilliant job. Go watch them. Or not.


11 posted on 12/03/2007 11:49:57 PM PST by jra
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this, and for the record—my post wasn’t aimed at you.


12 posted on 12/03/2007 11:51:08 PM PST by jra
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To: oyez

One of your favorite fantasies?


13 posted on 12/03/2007 11:52:07 PM PST by jra
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To: PetroniusMaximus
“The Dixie Ditzes aren’t gonna get much traction around here.”

I understand that; but, if you ignore who’s behind this, it seems right to double-check cases, where modern forensics might exonerate someone.

14 posted on 12/03/2007 11:59:49 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am sure any expensive lawyer would be watching HBO instead of reading court transcripts. /s


15 posted on 12/04/2007 12:07:23 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have offered Aussies all three Dixie Chicks for Beccy Cole.

There have been no takers!

16 posted on 12/04/2007 1:11:43 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rudy,Romney,McCain, Huckabee will send a self-abused stomped elephant to the DRNC.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dixie Who?


17 posted on 12/04/2007 2:57:21 AM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"shred of human decency and the brain of a Llama" Don't know what they are, but I want em!
18 posted on 12/04/2007 3:18:43 AM PST by BigCinBigD (")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I used to work with a girl who went to school with the West Memphis Three. She said she had no doubt they were guilty, but everone of course has opinions.


19 posted on 12/04/2007 3:50:07 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Join me for the Million Minutemen March --- Summer 2008!!)
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To: Westlander

Natalie!! For God’s sake honey, WHAT did YOU EAT!!!!!!!!Blimp Alert!


20 posted on 12/04/2007 3:56:53 AM PST by Doc Savage (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Even though I’m still annoyed with the dixie chicks, I couldn’t help but blush vicariously when I read the comment about HBO.


21 posted on 12/04/2007 4:14:39 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I can’t argue with checking to be sure, but it ought to be based on more than a “documentary” on HBO.


22 posted on 12/04/2007 4:15:26 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
“She is a moron. “

Undoubtedly, and a loud, obnoxious one to boot, but she may be right this time.

23 posted on 12/04/2007 7:18:28 AM PST by monday
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To: Schnucki

With new technology available, what is the harm of double checking? It might go in favor or against the convicted guys. Several cases have been recently overturned because of new DNA tests, and here private funds will be used.


24 posted on 12/04/2007 7:22:18 AM PST by apocalypto
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To: Doc Savage
Natalie!! For God’s sake honey, WHAT did YOU EAT!!!!!!!!Blimp Alert!

Any Bush supporters disappear lately? Might want to check the Daily Dose thread.

25 posted on 12/04/2007 8:19:32 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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To: apocalypto
Yep, if there's truly some doubt, I think it's worth finding out.

What I'm highlighting with my comment is that we've had numerous "documentaries" from folks like michael moore and al gore and my first thought was that somebody had an axe to grind or some snake oil to sell and the dixie chicks are buying.

26 posted on 12/04/2007 8:30:21 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: jra
Nope, but that is the word. Do you have any better therory?
27 posted on 12/04/2007 8:43:15 AM PST by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: Schnucki

I agree with you about basing anything on a documentary — given how many recent propaganda films have been called a documentary. Nevertheless, if they want to spend their own money running the checks, I see no harm.


28 posted on 12/04/2007 8:50:30 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: oyez

Good grief...post a link to where that’s the ‘word’ and I’ll respond.

I’ve followed this case for 10 years, and no one has ever suggested that.

On the other hand, you could continue talking out of your rectum—no matter to me either way.

Have a happy and a healthy.


29 posted on 12/04/2007 9:24:19 AM PST by jra
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
"I encourage everyone to see the HBO documentaries, "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Lost 2"

I saw Paradise Lost and it convinced me they were guilty.

30 posted on 12/04/2007 9:26:42 AM PST by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: denydenydeny
I saw Paradise Lost and it convinced me they were guilty.

Same here. Miskelley even confessed. Of course, the apologists will tell you that the cops took advantage of a "mentally deficient" teenager.

For those not familiar with the case, one of the little boys had been emasculated. Sick stuff.

31 posted on 12/04/2007 9:50:17 AM PST by Clink
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To: jra
Oh well then, excuse me. You’re certainly a gifted individual and wise. Who am I to offer anything to you. Ciao!
32 posted on 12/04/2007 4:30:05 PM PST by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: oyez

So where’s that link?

LMAO


34 posted on 12/04/2007 5:32:05 PM PST by jra
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