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In the law courts, discrimination and prejudice in most cases influence the jury and ultimately result in the conviction of falsely alleged or innocent people. Discrimination and prejudice usually affect the people who are despised or may be marginalized in the community. The case of the West Memphis Three saw a young man, Damian Echols being sentenced to death row along with other suspected accomplice for the killing three young boys.
Damian Echols had a troubled past and was rumored to be a devil worshipper. As a result of this, Echols was inexplicably made one of the lead suspects in this homicide case which is among the poorly investigated cases in the history of America. Damian Echols was the prime suspect. He was usually in black clothing and that is where the allegations came from that he was satanic and made him a perfect target by the police.
This could be termed as the worst injustice of all times. The defendants in the case were pointed out as suspects since they stood out differently from what was accepted in the society. The evidence from prejudice sources is highly questionable. Getting an unqualified man to analyze Damian Echols’ case of satanic connections could not suffice in helping the prosecutors to incriminate him although that is what actually happened. Damian Echols could easily be used as a scapegoat and not necessarily a representation of the facts on the ground.
The accusation on Damian Echols was made because it was known that the public would certainly think him guilty owing to their notoriety in the society. Damian Echols said that no matter the public opinion, he was innocent and he had the truth that he did not do it. The dark stories and the troubled past were used as scapegoats in this case and not actually the facts on the matter. The accusers went this way to evade the scrutiny ahead of them in the event that the killer could not be found. Therefore, Echols was a victim of the cruelty and prejudice of his society.