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Arkansas judge weighs in on West Memphis evidence case

by The Associated Press | October 30, 2012 at 5:50 p.m.

— A judge has ruled that the physical evidence the mother of one of three Cub Scouts killed in northeast Arkansas requested to see isn’t available to her under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The judge’s decision comes in a lawsuit Pam Hicks filed in the hopes of viewing evidence in the 1993 slaying of her son, 8-year-old Stevie Branch, and his friends, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers.

Hicks argued that police and prosecutors violated the Freedom of Information Act by not allowing her to examine items, including her son’s bicycle and clothing.

The judge said in a ruling filed late Monday that the West Memphis Police Department has not violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Hicks’s lawyer, Ken Swindle, said he would comment after reading the order Tuesday.

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