Judge to Rule on West Memphis 3 Evidence

An Arkansas judge says he plans to rule next week on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the mother of one of three boys killed in 1993. Pam Hicks filed a civil suit in June in hopes of viewing evidence in the slaying of her son and his friends. Three men, known as the West Memphis Three, were convicted in the boys' deaths, but released from prison last year. Hicks is seeking to examine items from the case, including her son's bicycle and clothes. The state argues that physical evidence is not covered by FOIA law and has asked for dismissal of the suit. Hicks also is seeking three affidavits filed in the case last winter. The state argues these documents also are exempt from disclosure laws. The Commercial Appeal reports