Category Archives: justice

Transparency, Integrity and Accountability

A new book has been reviewed this month that tells a true story not unlike that of Willie Manning. The book, ‘The Corruption of Innocence: A Journey for Justice’, by Lori St John, tells how the author tried to prevent … Continue reading

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A History of Racial Disparities

In his speech last month commemorating Martin Luther King’s famous oration, Barack Obama spoke of the need for vigilance, for instance, to ensure “the criminal justice system is not simply a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.” The previous … Continue reading

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Extreme Danger Zones

Last week the Mississippi newspaper, The Clarion Ledger, headlined ‘Miss. prisoners on death row lack air conditioning’. It states that in Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP), where Willie Manning is incarcerated, no temperature records have been kept since March last year, … Continue reading

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Back from the Precipice

Last week, an article appeared in The Root reminding us of Willie Manning’s brush with death in May. The article is headlined “The Death Penalty: How Long Will It Survive?” It goes so far as to say: “In some ways, what’s … Continue reading

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DNA and Fingerprint Testing: Permission to Proceed!

The Mississippi Supreme Court today filed an order permitting Willie Manning to pursue his request for DNA and fingerprint testing in the Oktibbeha circuit court (see the Mississippi Supreme Court order here). The decision of the judges was unanimous, reversing their … Continue reading

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Agents for the Prosecution

Willie Jerome Manning’s name and picture have reappeared in US and international newspapers over the last few days in connection with what a UK newspaper, The Independent, headlines as an ‘American Justice Scandal’, and another UK paper, The Daily Mail, … 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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