'West Memphis Three' member warns against a politicized justice system

, The National Law Journal


It's been 16 months since Damien Echols walked out of the prison where he spent 18 years for his purported role in the murder of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark. Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis, talk to NLJ about the case, his life outside of prison and his view of the justice system.

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  • RD Legal Funding

    It seems like a real travesty, usually people in these situations they would sue, but the guys have to get it off their record first before pursuing civil legal action. It's true many of the prosecutors who pursued these cases and were wrong are never punished and that should change.

  • ELois P. Clayton



    My brother David P., has been BULLIED since the age of thirteen. He was accosted by BULLIES then and wanted to run away from home.

    At the age of (17) he got in trouble(he and a few other friends) and went to jail.

    He was RAPED by OLDER inmates and had a nervous breakdown.

    He was sent to a mental hospital(Chester, in Chester, Illinois, where he was RAPED again). NOTE: He has been labelled as Schizophrenic. He is NOT schizophrenic, bipolar OR anti-social, as they have been using to practice medicare/caid FRAUD!

    Upon his return home(being FORCED PSYCHOTROPIC drugs), he again trying to stop a girl from being hurt, a gun was FLASHED at him and he was shot at.

    He returned fire and was again sent to jail, then back to the same mental hospital and has now been there for (19) years, STILL being abused.

    NOTE: I JUST received a CALL from him(while writing you this letter about him being abused at CMHC, this Tuesday day of 12.11.2012)

    I and another sister, has been falsely accused and our visits were stopped, in their attempt to stop us from seeing the ABUSE he has sustained by guards.

    As we speak(this 12/2012 day), I have AGAIN, had to file a WRITTEN COMPLAINT against this SAME guard who threatened to , "have my wife's sister beat your sister ELois up, the next time she visits".

    This guard(Chris Roberts), has THREATENED and PUSHED David, making him go to his room(as a guard named Roddriguez did this pass week) and forcing him to take a PRN pill(psych drug), because when he PUSHED David, David PUSHED him back.

    His "SW"(Travis Nottmier), has also been CAUGHT CHANGING the DATES of another altercation with a guard names ALVIN, who DISrespected David;calling him all sorts of derogatory names.

    David now realizes that he has a RIGHT to DEFEND himself when he is assulted in any way.

    We are concerned for his LIVER and his COGNITIVE abilities.

    His TRANSFER OUT of CMHC(confirmed on 04.02.2012), has FALSELY been set back, because of concocted "incidences", accusing him of things that he has not/did not/ do not even think of doing.

    We have had only (ONE) employee there, who has been HONEST enough to let us know that he has been in Davids' company enough, playing POOL with him/observing him(practically daily) and has confirmed to I(by way of a LENGTHY phone conversation), that, "David is NOT, a troublemaker". "The trouble is the guards".

    That Chester MHC employee's name is, Mr(SCOTT RHINE). Mr. Rhine, is the ONLY Chester employee, that I have some sort of confidence in to NOT do harm to David.

    David is falsely written up and systemically blamed because he now realizes/is tired of being assaulted and stands up and speaks up for himself,\;realizes that he has a right to DEFEND himself.

    His 'Human Rights'/Eight Amendment rights, has been violated for years.

    ILCS Statue 405 of the DISABILITIES CODE, PROHIBITS ABUSE of ANY KIND and CMHC, has violated this code, for years and it MUST be STOPPED.

    I can be contacted at ANYTIME, with more PROOFS/medical records/PHOTOS of INJURIES done to him(by NO fault of his), at (773)622-2906.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you.


    Mrs. ELois P. Clayton

    (sister of David P.)

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