Category Archives: capital punishment

The Circuit Court Abused its Discretion

Today, Saturday, June 12 is Willie Manning’s 53rd birthday: we wish him a happy birthday. We trust that recent developments in his case help him to spend the day peacefully: his arguments for further DNA testing are strong. In April, … Continue reading

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February Hope

February has brought unusually severe winter storms to Mississippi, with snow, freezing temperatures and power failures. Conditions on death row at Mississippi State Penitentiary have been harsh: both power and heating have been off. After a couple of freezing cold … Continue reading

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2020: an Eventful Year

2020 has been an eventful year for Willie Manning. His case suffered a setback in April, when Judge Lee Howard denied permission for hair fragments from Tiffany Miller’s car to undergo further DNA testing. Willie now has more waiting ahead … Continue reading

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2020 US Election

The death penalty is not mentioned in the President Trump’s vague bullet points that replace the usual platform for the Republican Party in an election year. However, the restoration of federal executions this year confirms the party’s support for capital … Continue reading

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Death Row Highs and Lows

Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot in the back and seriously injured by police in Wisconsin in front of three of his young sons last month. Sadly, news like this is not infrequent, and is always depressing for … Continue reading

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Excessive and Inhuman

Willie Manning has been on death row for an astonishing 25 years. He’s not alone in suffering such a long period of incarceration: of the 41 inmates on Mississippi’s death row, 18 have been imprisoned for 20 years or more; … Continue reading

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Grounds for Optimism

2019 is drawing to a close on an optimistic note! Willie Manning’s fellow death row inmate, Curtis Flowers, has finally been granted freedom (on bail) after being subjected to six trials during nearly two decades. The improper prosecutor strikes for … Continue reading

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Racially Charged Injustice

Like Willie Manning, Rodney Reed is on death row in the south of the USA, with a case that is racially charged: Reed, who is black, was found guilty by an all-white jury of murdering a white woman in Texas … Continue reading

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A Trail of Hidden Victims

A former commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections has spoken out against the terrible impact of capital punishment on prison staff. Allen L. Ault was responding to this summer’s announcement that the federal death penalty will be resumed after a … Continue reading

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Racially Motivated Manipulation

Curtis Flowers is an African American man incarcerated alongside Willie Manning on Mississippi’s death row. The way the legal system has operated in Flowers’ case has been described as “nothing more than one human being tormenting another because he can.” … Continue reading

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