I emailed attorneys for Baldwin, Echols and Misskelley to ask why their clients had not sought clemency. John Philipsborn, Baldwin’s lead attorney, had no comment on that. However, he said that he, Baldwin and attorney Blake Hendrix “continue to investigate and work on the case with the aim of getting Jason further relief and exoneration.”
(After the recent petition went online, DeCample told reporter John Lyon of the Arkansas News Bureau that Beebe “continues to believe the appropriate place to seek exoneration of the men is the court system.”)
Misskelley attorney Jeff Rosenzweig, said: “If and when Baldwin and Echols were to make application, we would probably join in. Because of the nature of the Misskelley case, it is more appropriate that we be part of the group.”
Although Echols signed the petition at Change.org, his lead attorney, Stephen Braga, did not respond to the question about why he had not formally applied for a pardon.