Peter Jackson Bankrolled West Memphis Three

Peter Jackson has not only multiple Oscars and an epic movie trilogy to his name, but he now has the exoneration of one of the most fraught legal battles in recent history.   Jackson and his partner Fran Welsh contributed to the legal costs of the...
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Peter Jackson has not only multiple Oscars and an epic movie trilogy to his name, but he now has the exoneration of one of the most fraught legal battles in recent history.   Jackson and his partner Fran Welsh contributed to the legal costs of the...
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Peter Jackson has not only multiple Oscars and an epic movie trilogy to his name, but he now has the exoneration of one of the most fraught legal battles in recent history. Jackson and his partner Fran Welsh contributed to the legal costs of the fight to free the West Memphis Three, three men sentenced to death in 1993 for the murder of three young boys. The three won their freedom in an Arkansas courtroom on Friday, after new evidence arose to challenge their convictions. "As we became more familiar with this case, we began to understand there was a powerful will to see three innocent young men die in prison, thereby compounding what was already a terrible tragedy," Jackson said in a statement. "We felt any support we could lend, to stop this from happening, was worth our best efforts and there are many, many others who have done the same." Jackson is joined by a range of celebrities in supporting the trio. Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and Johnny Depp have all championed the three's innocence and provided support.