Your problem Maiken is you read and believe only the information put out by the convited and his/her supporters. If you took the time to read the court manuscripts as well as the appeal briefs you would learn the TRUTH about the crimes, not the fiction presented by the manipulators.
Yes it is their fault that Briley Piper and his cohort recieved their sentences. They were each offered the same deal as the other, but chose to let a judge decide their fate. So they got what they desereved. And yes there is no doubt that they are GUILTY.
Where is the proof that Juan Melendez was framed? From what I read the DA at time did not believe the mans confession. That does not mean Juan was framed. Show me some proof.
Get out there and find some actual documentation instead of the BS you have been reading and maybe you will get some people to see your point of view.
With the young men, which killed Chester Poage, all three were guilty. Briley Piper accepted a deal, the others made a worse choice, but was he better or they worse?
I still feel sad for Elijah Page, who REALLY had an abhorrent childhood and had never gotten help beforehand himself.
The last months a couple visited him regularly and gave him consolation. But for him I feel sorry as a young life wasted.
With Juan Melendez he got framed, proofs are there, that the one, who turned out to be the true murderer, got money from the attorney to speak up against him (about 4000 Dollar, as far as I can remember).
When Juan left prison after 17 years, all they gave him was a pair of jeans and 100 Dollar.
He is a good man and I am glad to have met him in person, as afterwards he started as a campaigner against DP and still is on it.