DOG columnist Linda Caillouet took a cheap shot at Mara Leveritt and the Times this morning by suggesting an ethical shortcoming in Mara’s work to publicize last weekend’s benefit concert for the West Memphis Three. Mara, who is a periodic contributor to this paper, has been a declared advocate for this cause for years. The movement to free the WM3 rests on the foundation of her careful reporting and her book, “Devil’s Knot.”

On the jump, you’ll find a letter Mara wrote to the columnist about it, along with a link to the YouTube video below in which Mara described her evolution as WM3 advocate. As for the Times, we’ve never made a secret of, or an apology for, drawing conclusions based on our reporting and advocating important causes. We don’t now.

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PS — Maybe Caillouet is just in a bad mood. I’ve been hearing some griping about the D-G’s coming “upgrade” of the hated newsroom time clock with a fingerprint scanner, as opposed to a scanner that required only an ID card.

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