WM3 judge shoots from lip | Arkansas Blog

WM3 judge shoots from lip



Retired Circuit Judge David Burnett, an announced candidate for state Senate next year, has given an interview to the Jonesboro Sun (link changed to reflect a Sun website update) about the West Memphis Three murder case. He's currently considering petitions for post-conviction relief.

In the interview, Burnett defends his often criticized work on the case. I think it's fair to conclude that he doesn't sound like a judge inclined to grant the defendants any relief.

UPDATE: Though railroading the WM3 is more likely to help Burnett than hurt him in his district, it's a piece of a broader judicial record that has earned Burnett varied critics. Being injudicious, whatever the side of the case, isn't a high recommendation. The news is that Burnett will have a Democratic opponent -- long-time Blytheville Mayor Barrett Harrison.

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