August 19, 2011 12:52 Age: 3 yrs

Professor Kay Levine Discusses West Memphis Three

Three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts in 1993 may be freed under an agreement that allows them to plead innocent, while acknowledging prosecutors likely have enough evidence to win a conviction. A hearing for the “West Memphis Three” was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19, in Jonesboro, Ark.

Normally, when defendants plead guilty in criminal cases, they admit that they've done the crime in question. But in an Alford plea, defendants are allowed to insist they're innocent, says Professor Kay Levine, a former prosecutor who now teaches criminal law and criminal procedure at Emory University in Atlanta.

Levine was quoted in an Associated Press story published nationally and abroad, to explain the Alford plea.

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