Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lack of Knowledge Protects Dixie Chick

Singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks had seen "documentaries" about the West Memphis Three, three people convicted of killing three 8 year-old boys in 1993 and became convinced of their innocence.

This prompted her to post a plea for their legal defense fund to the band's website, along with information she admitted had come from "the court filing and legal papers" provided by their defense.

Among the items posted was a letter which contained reference to a hair found on a shoelace used to bind the boys, which DNA testing reportedly proved belonged to one of the boy's stepfathers, whom she accused of the killing in her letter and on a Little Rock stage in 2007.

Terry Hobbs, the man Maines accused sued her for libel, but a judge dismissed the case because Hobbs couldn't establish that Natalie knew her statements were false or that she had made them with a "reckless disregard" for the truth.
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