Tag Archives: 2014

A Message from Willie

Dear everyone I must have written you a hundred letters in my mind. Sometimes I just lay here and think of all the things I want to say – but for one reason or another – I always find it … Continue reading

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Mississippi Hustle*

Last month a bombshell was dropped in Mississippi: the resignation of the Corrections Commissioner, Christopher Epps, was swiftly followed by his arraignment on charges of accepting bribes of over $1m from a business man and former sheriff’s deputy, Cecil McCrory. … Continue reading

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Lethal Deadlines

Question: When does a deadline become a ‘dead’ line? Answer: When the deadline in question is the crucial one that allows death row inmates to appeal their state convictions in federal courts. If defense attorneys miss this deadline it can … Continue reading

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Twenty Wasted Years

Today, November 10 2014, is a significant landmark for Willie Jerome Manning: on this day it is twenty years since he first entered Mississippi’s death row. When he was taken onto death row the first official White House website had just … Continue reading

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The Bottom Line: “Mr Manning did not get a fair trial.”

Willie Jerome Manning’s oral arguments for his 1993 case were heard in the Mississippi Supreme Court last week (at the time of writing it can still be viewed at the State of Mississippi Judiciary). The case relates to the murders … Continue reading

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Watch Willie’s Oral Argument Live!

If you wish to bypass media reports and instead listen live to the arguments in Willie Jerome Manning’s second case, you can do so next Monday. A webcast from the Mississippi Supreme Court will allow access to the court proceedings … Continue reading

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The Bias of White Americans

It seems that racial perceptions of crime have helped to create biased, over-harsh and counterproductive criminal justice policies in the USA. A report published last month* establishes that white Americans significantly overestimate the proportion of crimes committed by racial minorities. For … Continue reading

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Prosecutors’ Belief in their own Infallibility

It is hard to know what is most shocking about the case of mentally disabled Henry Lee McCollum*, exonerated and released earlier this month after spending 30 years on death row in North Carolina. It is shocking that his mental disability … Continue reading

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‘Prosecutors hid evidence of innocence’

‘Death row inmate: Prosecutors hid evidence of innocence’, headlines this week’s Clarion Ledger article about the case of Jeffrey Havard, who is held alongside Willie on the Parchman death row. Havard is convicted of inflicting sexual abuse on a baby girl … Continue reading

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Brookville Garden Case: Oral Argument Permitted

The Mississippi Supreme Court has announced that it will allow oral argument in Willie Jerome Manning’s 1993 case involving the murder of two elderly ladies, Emmoline Jimmerson and Alberta Jordan (the Brookville Garden case). The oral argument is scheduled for Monday, October … Continue reading

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