Category Archives: forensics

DNA Tests: Errors Can Occur

In recent years we have come to think of DNA testing as a ‘gold standard’ that can convict or exonerate. But forensics experts urge caution. William Thompson declares:  “DNA tests are not now and have never been infallible.  Errors in … Continue reading

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FBI Hair Analysis: Favoring the Prosecution

‘Flawed Forensics’, episode 3 of the Al Jazeera America series, ‘The System’, is about what is termed ‘an FBI scandal of manipulated forensic evidence that may have led to thousands of wrongful convictions over the past three decades’. We hear from … Continue reading

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Willie’s Voice: “This System is Broken.”

The long awaited Al Jazeera America program (Flawed Forensics, episode 3 of  the series, The System), featuring Willie Manning, was broadcast in the USA on Sunday 1 June. The overall focus is the uncovering of systemic flaws in the FBI’s … Continue reading

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Further Developments in Both Cases

Willie Jerome Manning has won the right to searches for evidence relating to his 1992 case involving two students. On March 6, 2014 the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court sent out seven orders, requiring ‘diligent’ searches to be made for all evidence related … Continue reading

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A Can of Worms in Mississippi

Radley Balko, writing last month in the Washington Post, describes how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently turned down a request for post-conviction relief by a man convicted of murder in Mississippi. Tavares Flaggs was convicted largely … Continue reading

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A Final List of Evidence

Willie Manning’s lawyers have 30 days from 31 January 2014 to reach agreement with the prosecution about exactly which items should be tested for DNA and fingerprints. The items in question relate to Willie’s 1992 case involving two students, Jon Steckler … Continue reading

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A Good Start to 2014!

Willie Manning’s request for DNA testing and fingerprint analysis was heard on Friday, January 31 2014 at the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. Willie’s request relates to his 1992 case involving the murders of two students, Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller. … Continue reading

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Oktibbeha Court Hearing: Time Set

Willie’s request for DNA testing and fingerprint analysis is due to be heard at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court in Starkville, Mississippi. His request relates to his 1992 case of two students, … Continue reading

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