Category Archives: Innocent

Hope in the Midst of Despair

Imagine being on death row for 20 years, convicted of crimes of which you are innocent. Your juries believed the prosecutors, and during the appeals process your innocence becomes irrelevant (appeals focus only on whether correct procedures have been followed). … Continue reading

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Wrongly Convicted in Two Different Trials

On the same day that Willie Manning was exonerated in his 1993 case (April 20, 2015) the FBI published a report relevant to his 1992 case. The report confirms the gist of Flawed Forensics, last year’s Al Jazeera program featuring Willie, that … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Delays Unconstitutional

Last month Judge Cormac J. Carney  in California ruled that the death penalty as applied in that state is unconstitutional. His ruling lifted a sentence of death from Ernest Dewayne Jones on the grounds that whether or not he was executed: … Continue reading

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“We were paid to lie and say that he did it.”

In the course of the Al Jazeera program, Flawed Forensics (episode 3 in the Al Jazeera series, The System), the documentary team investigates Willie’s second case, involving the murder of two elderly African American women in 1993. The program highlights … Continue reading

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The Burden of Innocence

Today it is exactly two months since the scheduled execution date for Willie Jerome Manning. Then, the very real possibility of Willie losing his life focused our attention and spurred us on to read articles and sign petitions. The FBI … Continue reading

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No Matter How Long Ago

Although there has been no announcement of anything relevant to Willie Manning for over a month, his first case was cited in the media last week to illustrate issues with the death penalty system in the USA. Al Jazeera’s ‘Inside … Continue reading

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Just Walk Beside Me

Today, June 12 2013, is Willie Manning’s 45th birthday, the nineteenth birthday he has spent behind bars on death row. This day is unlikely to be marked by any change of routine – Willie will have the usual challenges of … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Hour (Since 2001)

In letters sent to us during May, Willie Manning has referred gratefully to the support that he received when he was at his most vulnerable: “It’s difficult for me to even wrap my mind around the support that we got … Continue reading

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Another Astonishing Ruling

On March 2, Willie Manning submitted a post-hearing memorandum challenging the constitutional validity of his convictions for the murders of two elderly ladies at their apartment in Brooksville Garden in 1993. This is the second of Willie’s two cases, and … Continue reading

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Till I Turn to Dust

Willie Manning’s second conviction (the 1993 murder of two elderly African American ladies, Emmoline Jimmerson and Alberta Jordan) has been very much overshadowed by his recent narrow escape from execution for his first conviction (the 1992 murder of two white … Continue reading

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