Dixie Chicks sued over West Memphis 3 case
Thursday, December 4, 2008
– The Dixie Chicks were sued for defamation in an Arkansas circuit court because of statements made by lead singer Natalie Maines about the stepfather of one of 3 8-year-old boys murdered in 1993 in a case known as the West Memphis 3.
Steve Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were found dead May 5, 1993 in a West Memphis, Ark. neighborhood. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin, all of West Memphis, were convicted of the murders.
Maines appeared at a Dec. 19, 2007 rally at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. in support of those convicted, alleging that Hobbs was involved. She also wrote about the case on the Chicks' web site.
In a Nov. 25 complaint, Terry Hobbs, Branch's stepfather, said Maines wrongfully made a "false and reckless claim that (he) committed the murders of the three boys"
The lawsuit seeks undisclosed punitive damages.
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