'West Memphis Three' travel to film screening

Three men released nearly two decades after they were convicted of killing three Arkansas Cub Scouts are in New York for a movie screening about their case.

The West Memphis 3: From left, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Three men released nearly two decades after they were convicted of killing three Arkansas Cub Scouts are in New York for a movie screening about their case.

A judge in northeast Arkansas changed his initial ruling to allow Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to attend showings of the HBO film "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" at the New York Film Festival.

The men, known as the "West Memphis Three," were freed in August after their convictions for the 1993 murders were set aside. They pleaded guilty to lesser charges, but still maintain their innocence.

Misskelley was initially barred from associating with felons except for his immediate family. Echols and Baldwin were prohibited from associating with felons except for each other.

They're now allowed to appear together for certain events.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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