The hearing to decide whether Damien Echols, one of the men known as the West Memphis Three, was held this morning. For some background, you can check out this story. The Arkansas Supreme Court broadcast the hearings live on the web. A spokesperson for the court asked that viewers go to this site, to route some of the web traffic around the court’s own webpage.
The state argued that DNA testing, which turned up no trace of Echols, isn’t sufficient to prove innocence in the case and efforts to introduce other evidence developed since the trial would upend the notion of finality in criminal cases.
The justices had many questions. They didn’t seem openly hostile to questions raised by the appeal.
UPDATE: A report follows from Mara Leveritt, Times senior editor, who wrote a groundbreaking book about the case and became an advocate for the defendants. She was in the courtroom today for arguments.