Dad says Oscar-nominated film glorifies convicts

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Todd Moore isn't sure he'll watch the Oscars this weekend, when a documentary about the murder of his son and two other Arkansas Cub Scouts could win an Academy Award.

He and his ex-wife have spoken out against the film, "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." They say it glorifies three men convicted in the 1993 killings in West Memphis. The three pleaded guilty last year in a deal that let them maintain claims of innocence and obtain their release from prison.

The film is the third in a series of documentaries about the killings of Michael Moore, Stevie Branch and Christopher Byers. It was one of five documentary features nominated for an Oscar.

The Moores protested its consideration, but the academy refused to intervene.

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