Category Archives: Mississippi

The Puzzle of the Hair Fragments

At Willie Manning’s trial, an FBI hair expert testified about hair fragments vacuumed from Tiffany Miller’s car. The expert stated that the hair was African American (an assertion that the FBI and DOJ discredited in 2013). With no physical evidence … Continue reading

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COVID-19

Staying inside a tiny prison cell all day, every day, day after day is not easy. Willie Manning likes taking advantage of the little opportunity he gets to go outside for restricted exercise, where he may also find solace in … Continue reading

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The Suffering of Parchman’s Death Row

18 inmates have died in Mississippi prisons since December 29, some as a result of violence. 10 of the deaths were at the state penitentiary at Parchman, where Willie Manning is incarcerated. State law requires death row to remain at … Continue reading

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Shocking Deaths

There has been shock and horror in Mississippi and beyond at the deaths of five Mississippi prison inmates in less than a week. Three of the deaths were at the state penitentiary at Parchman, the prison where Willie Manning is … 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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Twenty-Five Years on Death Row

Today, November 10, 2019, marks 25 years since Willie Manning first entered death row. A jury had found him guilty of murdering Tiffany Miller and Jon Steckler, despite no physical evidence linking him to the murders. Two years later Willie … Continue reading

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Sickness and Deaths

Willie Manning’s prison, Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, is inspected annually; failures in safety and health obligations are then uncovered. Several times previously we have noted the problems at the prison.* This year is no different: an inspection in June … Continue reading

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Happy 51st birthday!

Today, Wednesday June 12, 2019, is Willie Manning’s 51st birthday. We wish him a very happy birthday. On the surface not much has changed for Willie over the last year, but there are signs that the Mississippi Supreme Court is … Continue reading

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DNA Testing Resumes

It seems that Judge Howard’s Scheduling Order, issued in February, is working! Willie Manning must be relieved that more hairs from his case are at last being screened at the Bode Technology lab. The lab anticipates that this stage of the … Continue reading

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Conservatives Opposing the Death Penalty

A Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) seems an unlikely setting for action against the US death penalty: conservatives have hitherto been associated with an unthinking “tough on crime” philosophy that included support for capital punishment. Perhaps all this is set … Continue reading

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