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September 30, 2010

LITTLE ROCK -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this statement today following this morning's hearing before the Arkansas Supreme Court:

"Today, attorneys from our office appeared before the Arkansas Supreme Court to again address the post-trial motions filed in this case. It is a testament to the fact that our system affords inmates multiple opportunities to be heard that this matter remains in court more than a decade after the jury rendered its verdict.

"Our priority in this case is the same as it is in every case: To pursue justice and fairness with integrity and professionalism. The trial-court judge ruled that the standard to invalidate the jury's verdict and retry this case has not been met. Our lawyers defended that ruling today in reliance upon solid precedent.

"Our justice system affords safeguards to protect the rights of all. That includes not only defendants, but also, in this case, the three innocent little boys who were viciously murdered in 1993."