Category Archives: Willie Manning

Current Situation: Willie Manning should have the threat of execution lifted immediately because of the many unresolved issues that surround his cases.

Willie Manning is on Death Row in Mississippi, appealing against convictions for two double murders. In one case he is pursuing serious post-conviction issues. The primary claims are:

the State failed to disclose evidence favorable to Willie.
the State presented false evidence.
In the other case (see below) he also wishes to raise serious issues, but for procedural reasons he is not allowed to present his arguments. A missed deadline may result in his execution on or before April 24th 2013.

Shifting Opinions

November 10, 2017 was the day when Willie Manning completed 23 years on death row. There have been many changes since Willie first entered the row; one that should gladden him is the big decline in American public support for … Continue reading

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Hope in Sherwood Brown’s New Trial

Willie Manning must be happy that his fellow death row inmate and African American, Sherwood Brown, has been granted a new trial by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Like Willie, Brown had been pursuing DNA testing; like Willie, he was granted DNA … Continue reading

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A Dirty Secret

It is a “dirty secret”, known by few, that the American death penalty system is “specifically engineered to ensure that those who are convicted stay convicted, guilty or not.”[i] This is how it works. Death sentences routinely result from poor defense … Continue reading

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Without Logic or Fairness

Even in a case with as many anomalies as Willie Manning’s, the reason for making him a murder suspect in the first place is particularly troubling.* Four months after students Tiffany Miller and Jon Steckler were murdered, a silver monogrammed … Continue reading

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A Terrible Old Rule

Samuel Gross wrote an amicus brief[i] in support of Willie Manning for his concluded case from 1993 (Jimmerson-Jordan murders). This summer Gross, writing more generally, highlighted “a terrible old rule that has done great harm to the accuracy of criminal … Continue reading

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A Clear Pattern of Racial Discrimination

At Willie Manning’s trial, the prosecutor rejected African American jurors time and time again.[i] Prosecutors may not use race as the reason for striking potential jurors, so he gave other reasons (and in some cases several reasons). But the racial … Continue reading

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Courts’ Complicity

Steven Hayne testified as a medical examiner at the trials of several people who are now on death row in Mississippi, including Willie Manning and Jeffrey Havard. Hayne was unqualified and scandalously incompetent. In Havard’s case,* Hayne testified that the … Continue reading

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A Method of Control

Clive Stafford Smith has played a pivotal role in Willie Manning’s cases, first as Willie’s post-conviction lawyer, and later as publicist for some of the injustices inflicted on him. Last month Stafford Smith joined other death penalty experts in condemning capital … Continue reading

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Legal Challenges to Execution Methods

Until early April only two US states allowed the firing squad as a method of execution. In early April, Mississippi joined Oklahoma and Utah in permitting this “barbaric anachronism of a different era” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant approved three additional methods … Continue reading

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Frank Parker: Snitch Testimony

At the trial where Willie Manning was convicted of murdering two students, Frank Parker testified that he had overheard Willie saying he “sold the gun on the street”. Thus Willie was linked to the murders, and specifically to the missing … Continue reading

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