The Campaign to Free the West Memphis 3
After 18 years in prison, with Damien Echols on death row and Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin serving life, the West Memphis 3, as they became known, were freed in August 2011. The three men agreed to an Alford plea in which, while maintaining their innocence, they accepted a guilty plea.
University of Cincinnati Campus Police Involved Shooting
The City of Cincinnati faced civil unrest in the aftermath of the University of Cincinnati police shooting of an unarmed African American man in an off-campus traffic stop. The killing was captured in its entirety on the police officer’s lapel camera. This tragic incident occurred as the nation focused on police and community relations after a number of highly charged incidents resulted in a breakdown in relations between city government and the Black community in the midst of one of the most troubled periods of race relations since the civil rights movement.
Investment Grade Bond Rating: Virgin Islands
Soury Communications worked closely with major money center banks and the Virgin Islands government to promote the financial stability and economic development successes of the territory in helping to secure its first investment grade bond rating from the leading agencies: Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.
J.R.R Tolkien Seeks Fair Share of Rings Royalties
The Lord of the Rings movie and merchandising franchise has garnered over six billion dollars in revenues and enormous profits. J.R.R Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, had sold film rights to his books before his death in 1973 for of 7.5% of gross revenues after expenses. After so called “Hollywood accounting,” the Tolkien estate, which is now a charitable trust, had received virtually nothing from proceeds of the films.